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Screening tests for colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is highly preventable. Colon Cancer Screening is easier than you think and one of the best ways to prevent and detect colon cancer. Your physician will recommend one of the following: FOBT (Fecal Occult Blood Test), Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colonoscopy, Barium Enema with Air Contrast or a Virtual Colonoscopy. These tests are recommended by American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for colon cancer screening.
- Stool blood test (fecal occult blood test--FOBT)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy (flex-sig)
- Barium enema with air contrast
- Virtual colonoscopy (CT Colonography)
- PillCam Colon
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Other Screening Tests
- Cologuard - a colon cancer screening test that is used only for average or low risk patients. This test uses DNA testing and if results are positive the patient will still need to have a colonoscopy.
A negative Cologuard test result does not guarantee absence of cancer or advanced adenoma. Patients with a negative Cologuard test result should be advised to continue participating in a colorectal cancer screening program with another recommended screening method. The screening interval for this follow-up has not been established.
Screening is easier than you think and recommended for the following:
- Patients that are age 50 or older.
- Individuals that have a history of polyps or colorectal cancer. These patients should have a Colonoscopy every 3 years.
- Person with a First degree relative (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother or Child) with polyps or colorectal cancer.
- Individuals that have been diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis for several years.
- IBD or Crohn’s colitis: Contact your gastroenterologist to discuss screening.
- African Americans should begin screening at age 45.
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A screening is recommended for all patients that are age 50 or older.
Early DetectionThe key to preventing colon cancer is early detection through colon cancer screening. It may take 5 to 10 years for a polyp (adenoma) to become cancerous.