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Millions of colonoscopies are performed each year in the United States, in which professionals must undergo intensive training and education before being able to perform colonoscopies on patients. The risks associated with colonoscopies are rare, despite the invasive nature of the procedure.

“Colonoscopy is very, very safe,” said Dr. Avinash Ketwaroo, a gastroenterologist who specializes in endoscopic procedures at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “It’s been extraordinarily successful in reducing the risk of colon cancer.” Via New York Times 

Millions of colonoscopies are performed every year and though abdominal discomfort and pains are common after the procedure, there is no need to fear the procedure itself. GistMD’s colonoscopy module leads the patient through an individualized video explaining how to prepare for the procedure and what it will look like for them specifically.