Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis (cont.)
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How is diverticulitis and diverticulosis diagnosed?
The health-care professional will ask the patient questions about his or her symptoms, lifestyle and habits, and medical and surgical history.
Sometimes diverticulosis is discovered during a screening colonoscopy. The American Cancer Society and the United States Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer recommend colonoscopies every 10 years for people older than 50 years to detect early signs of colon cancer. If an individual's family medical history includes a close relative diagnosed with colon cancer, they may need to begin screening at an earlier age. Consult a gastroenterologist for guidelines.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/19/2016
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