Screening helps prevent colorectal cancer

Screening helps prevent colorectal cancer

Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. But, this is one cancer you can prevent!

Screening helps find abnormal growths known as polyps in the colon or rectum before they turn to cancer.

Several tests are recommended to screen for colorectal cancer. If you’re between the ages of 50 and 75, get screened using one or a combination of these tests.

  1. Stool Tests. Take-home tests like FIT, gFOBT, and FIT-DNA look for blood or altered DNA in the stool.
  2. Flexible Sigmoidoscopy. Gives your doctor a good view of the lower third of your colon.
  3. Lets the doctor view your entire colon and remove most polyps and some cancers.
  4. Virtual Colonoscopy. Uses x-rays to let a doctor see images of the colon on a computer screen.

For questions about which test is right for you or if you think you may be at a higher risk for colon cancer, contact your primary care doctor. If you need a primary care doctor, contact Marshall Family Medicine at 304-691-1100 or Marshall Internal Medicine at 304-691-1000.

To schedule a colonoscopy, contact one of our gastroenterologists at Marshall Internal Medicine at 304-691-1000 or contact Marshall Surgery at 304-691-1200.

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