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Which colon cancer screening test is used?

Which colon cancer screening test is used?

Many options: The gold standard is colonoscopy, which is performed under sedation. Other alternatives include barium enema, ct colonography ("virtual colonoscopy"), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and/or checking for blood in bowel movements (hemoccult test). I recommend colonoscopy for all my patients at age 50 (or earlier, if they have a family history). ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What is the most recommended colon cancer screening test?

What is the most recommended colon cancer screening test?

Colon cancer screens: The most recommended colon cancer screening test is the colonoscopy, starting at the age of 50 (if there is no family history of colon cancer). A colonoscopy views the inside of the colon (large intestine) and rectum, using a tool called a colonoscope. The colonoscope has a small camera attached to a flexible tube that can reach the length of the colon. ...Read more

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What kind of screening tests look for colon cancer?

What kind of screening tests look for colon cancer?

'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. ...Read more

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What are available screening tests for colon cancer?

What are available screening tests for colon cancer?

'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. ...Read more

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What are the different screening tests for colon cancer?

What are the different screening tests for colon cancer?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Are there any stomach cancer and colon cancer molecular screening tests?

Are there any stomach cancer and colon cancer molecular screening tests?

Yes: Colon cancer can be genetic and there a re criteria that can apply and genetic testing is available. There is also a blood level you can check called CEA. For stomach cancer like adenocarcina there is no genetic testing. There are familial syndromes like men that can cause stomach tumors called gastronomas or ze syndrome. If concerned can talk to your doctor. But overall these things very rare. ...Read more

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What is the new screening test for colon cancer that uses the camera you swallow?

Not so: The camera pill is not for colon cancer screening. It is used to evalaute the small intestine, not the colon. ...Read more

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How do they test for colon cancer? Not screening but diagnosing.

How do they test for colon cancer? Not screening but diagnosing.

Colonoscopy: A colonoscopy evaluates the whole colon directly and if a mass or lesion is identified, it can be removed or biopsied. If you could only have one test, that would probably be the one to choose. ...Read more

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Are there genetic tests available to screen for colon cancer risk?

Are there genetic tests available to screen for colon cancer risk?

Yes: If you have a strong family history of colon cancer in several 1st degree relatives, you may be a candidate for genetic testing, however if the test is negative it just means you do not have a genetic predisposition to colon cancer. 80% of colon cancers occur in individuals with no family history and hence would have a negative genetic test. ...Read more

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Who needs to have a colon cancer screening?

Who needs to have a colon cancer screening?

Additionally: In addition to the above, patients with inflammatory bowel disease, especially ulcerative colitis for longer than 10 years regardless of the activity of the disease should get frequent screenings every 1-2 years, regardless of their age. ...Read more

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Does medicare cover colon cancer screening?

Does medicare cover colon cancer screening?

Yes: Colonoscopy screening is covered by medicare. Find a gastroenterology office or clinic and they can verify this for you. ...Read more

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How does a family history of colon cancer age for routine screening?

How does a family history of colon cancer age for routine screening?

Important: Family history of cancer is very important information. If your family history of colon cancer is significant (multiple family members with colon cancer especially at younger age) -then you would need to be screen for colon cancer- started approximately 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest person in the family got diagnosed with colon cancer. You also need to see a genetician if history +. ...Read more

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My 30 yr old wife has colon cancer and has sisters, do they need to begin any screening procedures given there's no history for colon cancer in family?

My 30 yr old wife has colon cancer and has sisters, do they need to begin any screening procedures given there's no history for colon cancer in family?

Yes, but: This is an early age group for colon cancer and further genetic tests may be indicated for your wife. Her sisters should discuss he situation with their physicians. ...Read more

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Is there any age where colon cancer decreases and screening is less needed?

Is there any age where colon cancer decreases and screening is less needed?

No / Yes: Risk of colin cancer does not necessarily decrease as one ages. However the benefit of screening does decrease with advancement of age. ...Read more

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What are sure signs that I should get a colon cancer screening. IM only 20 and I've got no insurance so you're my best bet.?

Maybe not needed.: At your young age, the only indication for a colonoscopy as a screening modality would be the presence of a strong family history of colon cancer, one that would suggest a familial predisposition to colon cancer. ...Read more

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Am I too young to have colon cancer screening at 40 if my parent had it then?

Am I too young to have colon cancer screening at 40 if my parent had it then?

Not too young: Patients with family history of colon cancer, depending on the genes involved, can get colon cancer at an age even younger than 40. Your doctor can better determine if screening with colonoscopy is warranted. ...Read more

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Might it be that a colonoscopy prevents colon cancer, or is it simply a screening tool?

Might it be that a colonoscopy prevents colon cancer, or is it simply a screening tool?

Yes it can: Colonoscopy is done to look for polyp which are precursors of cancer. So if the polyp is removed before it becomes cancerous, then we have prevented development of colon cancer. ...Read more

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If 61 yr m had a -ve whole body pet+ct done for renal mets 1 yr ago, how long we can postpone colonoscopy (first time)screening for colon cancer?

If 61 yr m had a -ve whole body pet+ct done for renal mets 1 yr ago, how long we can postpone colonoscopy (first time)screening for colon cancer?

Let me be: Sure I understand. She had a renal cancer removed, and that was more than a year ago, and pet showed no metastasis. She is asymptomatic and feeling well? There are advisories that colonoscopy should be done once each decade after 50. She would seem eligible for that, but there is no rush. ...Read more

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Paranoid about colon cancer. Great grandmother had it at 70. had runny + pencil stool last night. 24 y.o female. Should I get a colonoscopy screening?

Paranoid about colon cancer. Great grandmother had it at 70. had runny + pencil stool last night. 24 y.o female. Should I get a colonoscopy screening?

Not likely: Unlikely that you have colon cancer as such a young age, but there's no harm n consulting a gastroenterologist, especially if the symptom persist. ...Read more

Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a! c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more