Your doctor may recommend a flexible sigmoidoscopy exam to:

  • Investigate intestinal signs and symptoms. A flexible sigmoidoscopy exam can help your doctor explore possible causes of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, a change in bowel habits, chronic diarrhea and other intestinal problems.
  • Screen for colon cancer. If you're age 50 or older and at average risk of colon cancer — you have no colon cancer risk factors other than age — your doctor may recommend a flexible sigmoidoscopy exam every five years to screen for colon cancer. Sigmoidoscopy is one option for colon cancer screening. Talk with your doctor about your options.
Jun. 18, 2011