The test: Colonoscopy
When you should be tested: Starting at age 50
Why you should be tested: To prevent diverticulitis and colon cancer
Good news—Diane does not have any signs of cancer! The test did, however, reveal the existence of small pouches in her colon, or diverticula, a symptom of an unhealthy condition that can be improved by eating a diet high in fiber.
What to tell your doctor—and what exams to ask for—at every age! Be a smart patient!