DEAR DOCTOR K: It's been 10 years since my last colonoscopy. I'm dreading my next one, especially drinking a gallon of liquid laxative. Has colonoscopy prep gotten more tolerable in the last decade?
DEAR READER: Yes, but that still doesn't make it fun. And you can't avoid it: You want the doctor to be able to clearly see every inch of your colon. For that, you need a good cleanout. As you probably know, getting a periodic colonoscopy really is important. Simply put, it reduces your risk of getting and dying from colon cancer. These cancers, and growths that can turn into cancer (polyps), not only can be spotted by colonoscopy: