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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

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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more