The results of your colonoscopy will be reviewed with you after your test. If polyps are found it’s important that you make an appointment with your healthcare provider to review your results and find out what follow-up is needed.
Your healthcare provider will get a copy of your final colonoscopy report. This report will include the lab results for any polyps removed during the test and a recommendation for when to have your next screening test. Your healthcare provider will get this final report in 6 to 8 weeks. Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to review the final recommendation at this time.
If colorectal cancer is found or suspected during your colonoscopy, your doctor will discuss this with you before you go home from the colonoscopy. Once all your lab tests come back, your healthcare provider will discuss treatment options with you.
Changes in your family health history
Family history is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. If there are health changes such as polyps or colorectal cancer in a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or child), let your healthcare provider know. It may change when your next test is booked.
If you’re diagnosed with an adenoma or colorectal cancer, it’s important to let your first-degree relatives know. Having a family history is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. Ask them to speak to their healthcare provider about their risk and need to screen for colorectal cancer.