Instrument Variable Name: COLHAD
There are several different kinds of tests to check for colon cancer. Colonoscopy (colon-OS-copy) and sigmoidoscopy (sigmoid-OS-copy) are exams in which a doctor inserts a tube into the rectum to look for polyps or cancer. For a colonoscopy, the doctor checks the entire colon, and you are given medication through a needle in your arm to make you sleepy, and told to have someone drive you home. For a Sigmoidoscopy, the doctor checks only part of the colon and you are fully awake.
Have you EVER HAD a colonoscopy?
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A polyp is a small growth that develops on the inside of the colon or rectum.
Before these tests, you are asked to take a medication that causes diarrhea.
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Universe Text: Sample adults 40+
(1) [go to COL_MT]
(2,R,D) [go to SIGHAD]