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You may not have to drink that nasty liquid before your colonoscopy
Washington Post

There is general agreement that colonoscopies save lives. About 140,000 people will come down with colon or rectal cancers this year, according to the American Cancer Society, and about 50,000 people will die from those diseases.

Yet an estimated 25 million people who should be screened don’t have the procedure done. That’s about 40 percent of the people who should.

Why? Well there’s a lot of fear, both of what they might learn and the preparation itself, according to this 2011 survey, and squeamishness about the procedure, which involves insertion of a thin, flexible instrument that allows a doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine. Cost used to be a big issue, but the Affordable Care Act now requires that many colonoscopies be covered without costs to the patient.