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A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the different screening tests for colon cancer?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy is the test of choice as it is diagnostic and therapeutic. Other diagnostic tests include ct colonography, stool test, barium studies.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Scopes and Xrays.: Colonoscopy remains the gold standard test: it can see and remove polyps. Growths and irregularities of the colon and rectum can be seen with xray exams such as barium enema (or lower GI xray) and ct colonography (or virtual colonoscopy) but these can't biopsy or remove growths. Shorter scopes and tests for hidden blood can be used but can miss polyps as well as other colon problems.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
At least three: Fecal occult blood testing is meant to detect polyps and cancer. Signoidoscopy, or better yet colonoscopy is better. Colonoscopy being the gold standard. Imaging studies are gaining increasing acceptance.

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What are available screening tests for colon cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
'scopes, X-rays, etc: A number of different screening tests are available for colon ca. They include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, ct colonography (virtual colonoscopy), and fecal occult blood testing. The pro's and con's of each are described here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/colorectal-screening.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What kind of screening tests look for colon cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
'scope, X-ray, etc.: A number of different screening tests are available for colon ca. They include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, ct colonography (virtual colonoscopy), and fecal occult blood testing. The pro's and con's of each are described here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/colorectal-screening.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is any one of the colon cancer screening tests better than the others?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: I believe that at this time the colonoscopy is the gold standard when performed by an experienced physician and in the appropriate clinical situation.

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