Before the colonoscopy begins, it pays to ask your doctor some pointed questions.
June 5, 2012 Before a colonoscopy, ask the doctor about his or her detection rate for polyps. And find out how long, on average, the doctor takes to withdraw the scope from the patient. About 10 minutes is the optimal duration, a recent analysis says.
Cells gathered during a Pap test. Those on the left are normal, and those on the right are infected with human papillomavirus.
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March 14, 2012 For years, doctors have recommended that women start getting Pap smears every year or two to try to catch signs of cancer early, when it's easiest to prevent and treat. But new guidelines say that testing every three years is a better idea for most women.
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