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What are available screening tests for colon cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
13 doctors agree

In brief: '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.

In brief: '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.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Three or more

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.

In brief: Three or more

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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Donald Kim
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Several options

Colonoscopy is probably the most common option which evaluates the whole colon and will treat any polyps identified.
Other acceptable options: flexible sigmoidoscopy (partial/eft scope), air contrast barium enema, ct colonography (not often covered by insurance), stool tests for occult blood, (guaiac, fit), stool dna tests (detects cancer cells). If any above positive, you may need a colonocopy.

In brief: Several options

Colonoscopy is probably the most common option which evaluates the whole colon and will treat any polyps identified.
Other acceptable options: flexible sigmoidoscopy (partial/eft scope), air contrast barium enema, ct colonography (not often covered by insurance), stool tests for occult blood, (guaiac, fit), stool dna tests (detects cancer cells). If any above positive, you may need a colonocopy.
Dr. Donald Kim
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