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Ask an expert: What you should know about polyps

A Providence provider answers frequently asked questions about polyps. What is a polyp? A polyp is a lump that forms in the inner lining of the...

Colonoscopy: What to know before you go

A few helpful tips from a Providence family practitioner for what to expect before and after a colonoscopy.

Myth-busting colonoscopy: Five reasons it’s not so bad

We hear “colonoscopy” and our bodies clench. The anticipation of the bowel-emptying prep and a scope snaking through our colon evokes strong feelings among even the hardiest of us.

For Jonathan Vinson, M.D., a family physician with Providence Medical Group-The Plaza, getting screened for colorectal cancer is a “no-brainer.”

What to expect when you’re prepping (for your colonoscopy)

How many of you cringe at scheduling a colonoscopy because the procedure (for which you’re knocked out) is a total drag? Yeah, we didn’t think so. It’s not the procedure itself that gets you in the gut – it’s the dreaded, much-maligned prep. Find out what works and what doesn't from Ken Flora, M.D., regional co-medical director of Providence Digestive Health Institute.

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Colonoscopy: Helping protect your colorectal health

A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to look inside the entire large intestine, including the colon and rectum.