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A colonoscopy can identify various medical issues affecting the large intestine, including colon cancer. Though some people avoid the procedure because it is uncomfortable, colonoscopies are an important determinant of digestive health. Better understanding the procedure and preparing for it can make the process easier and less concerning.

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1. Plan Your Preparation

When you schedule a colonoscopy with your doctor, you'll most likely get a leaflet or brochure containing preparation instructions. It is important to read the instructions carefully and call your doctor if anything is unclear. Ideally, keep your schedule clear for the day and find someone to accompany you to or at least from the appointment. Having the following items ready at home can make the following hours and days easier:

  • Wipes
  • Diaper cream
  • Low-fiber foods
  • Clear drinks
  • Broths
  • A solution or laxative prescribed by your doctor
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