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Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Yes.: That is one of the main reasons for colonoscopy. The gastroenterologist usually can see every part of the colon wall and biopsy suspicious lesions. Often this is curative if found early. While not completely true, consider all polyps to be future cancers and most cancers come from polyps. Screening should begin at age 50 unless there is a history to suggest beginning earlier. ...Read more

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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


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Can a stool cancer screening show polps?

Can a stool cancer screening show polps?

The guaiac test: For blood in stool is not specific, and a polyp could be the cause, but occult blood is an indication for endoscopy to find tha cause of the occult bleeding: polyp, hemorrhoid, divertic, cancer, ulcer, etc. ...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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Do routine urine tests check for bladder cancer?

Do routine urine tests check for bladder cancer?

No: Routine urinary and blood tests do not check for bladder cancer. If the urine test is abnormal if there are urinary symptoms to suggest bladder cancer, then specific testing must be performed to determine if bladder cancer is present. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy w/o biopsy reliable? Does routine colonoscopy w/o symptoms also check for anal cancer? Finally, can be cancer mistaken for hemroids.THX

Is colonoscopy w/o biopsy reliable? Does routine colonoscopy w/o symptoms also check for anal cancer? Finally, can be cancer mistaken for hemroids.THX

Here are some...: Your Q is well taken. However, even today all what medical professionals can do is to apply current available knowledge, skill, technology, medication, common sense, & wisdom at reasonable time in reasonable way for reasonable patient. More facts: Behind what we know always still hides a lot of what we do not know. Nonetheless, what you have had should be sufficient to assure your current health. ...Read more

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Are occult blood tests for colon cancer reliable?

Are occult blood tests for colon cancer reliable?

Screening: It is a good start specially of yo had before and they were normal. ...Read more

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Would my annual bloodwork show breast cancer?

Would my annual bloodwork show breast cancer?

Not yet but coming..: Currently, the standard is physical examinations and mammograms annually. However, several companies are developing a blood test for breast cancer. This has the potential to detect tumor-associated antibodies and serum proteins that correlate with cancer cells in the breast prior to being detectable on routine imaging. This may be especially helpful in women with dense breasts. Stay tuned ...Read more

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Does bladder cancer show up during routine urine testing?

Does bladder cancer show up during routine urine testing?

No: Bladder cancer is not detected during a routine urine test (urinalysis) as part of a physical examination. If bladder cancer is suspected, a special urine test is required called a urine cytology. This test is much more specific for detecting bladder cancer although it has its limitations as well. ...Read more

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How does an iscreen fecal occult blood test detect colon cancer?

How does an iscreen fecal occult blood test detect colon cancer?

No: A fecal occult test tests for blood in the stool. Colon cancer can be a cause but so can colon polyps, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcer and many other causes. Anyone with a positive fobt test should have further work up done to evaluate where the blood is coming from. ...Read more

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Do pathologists automatically screen blood tests for cancer?

Do pathologists automatically screen blood tests for cancer?

Blood tests: Some blood tests are screens for serum markers of malignancy, and some blood tests are to assess the cells of the blood for irregularity (leukemia). Pathologists interpret these tests. However, if your question means, for example, if you have blood drawn for cholesterol levels, do pathologists also look at that same sample for possible cancer, the answer is no. ...Read more

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Tuberculosis screening test needed for volunteer at a hospital?

Tuberculosis screening test needed for volunteer at a hospital?

Yes: Most hospitals and health care facilities require screening for TB in all employees prior to clearing them to work in patient care areas; this usually includes volunteers. ...Read more

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Can PID be detected during routine pap smear?

Can PID be detected during routine pap smear?

Yes: At the time of the pap, if there is suspicion of a problem additional evaluation is generally done that would reveal the presence of pid or other issues. The pap smear itself may actually reveal some types of pelvic infections. ...Read more

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Does suboxone show up in a routine drug screening?

Does suboxone show up in a routine drug screening?

Suboxone Prelim Scre: Hello. Yes it will show. Drug testing companies have "panels" which include suboxone. I include this on my screening cup. Some doctors may not. If one is taking it, and it doesn't show on the screen, it has to be due to the fact that the provider chose not to have suboxone as part of their cup panel. Metabolite for suboxone is different from other opiates so that it should not cause a false +. ...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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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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Are colonoscopies necessary?

Are colonoscopies necessary?

YES!: A colonoscopy is a safe, thorough examination of your entire colon under sedation to screen for polyps, or to diagnose bleeding issues or other colon abnormalities such as diverticulosis or hemorrhoids. Small growths like polyps rarely cause symptoms until they grow larger, and can lead to colorectal cancer. You should be screened at least at age 50 or sooner if you have any rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more