Get screened to prevent colorectal cancer
Colorectal (colon) cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States of those that affect both men and women. But, this is one cancer you can prevent! Screening helps find polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum before they turn into cancer.
Several tests are recommended to screen for colorectal cancer. If you’re between 50 and 75, get screened using one or a combination of these tests:
- STOOL TESTS: At-home tests like FIT, gFOBT and FIT–DNA look for blood or altered DNA in the stool.
- FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY: Gives your doctor a good view of the lower third of your colon.
- COLONOSCOPY: Lets the doctor view the entire colon and remove most polyps and some cancers. It is performed in the doctor’s office.
- VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPY:Uses x-rays to let a doctor see images of the colon on a computer screen.
Talk to your doctor about which test or tests are right for you. For questions, contact your primary care provider at Marshall Family Medicine (304-691-1100) or Marshall Internal Medicine (304-691-1000). To schedule a colonoscopy, contact Marshall Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology (304-691-1000) or Marshall Surgery (304-691-1200).
Learn more about colorectal cancer at www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal.
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