How do you screen for colon cancer?

Colonoscopy. Colonoscopy remains the gold standard for colorectal ca screening. Flexible sigmoidoscopy plus a barium enema are a less expensive alternative. Recently, special cat scans have been used as a less invasive screening alternative, however, if an abnormality is seen, colonoscopy is then necessary.

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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...
Yes. A common test is the colaris test for lynch syndrome available through myriad. Another panel called colonext offers an even broader spectrum of tests for high risk genes and is available through ambry genetics. Talk to a knowledgable physician or genetic counselor to know the implications and possible interpretations of the testing and to determine if you are a good candidate, . Read more...
Colon cancer risk. While there is available genetic test to check for hereditary colon cancer, the best person to have this test is one with colon cancer or + strong family history -who is suspected to carry certain mutation i.e. Diagnosed at young age, family history of colon cancer or other multiple cancers history in the family. This test would not be suggested to everybody as a screening test for colon cancer. Read more...

How often should you be screened for recurrent colon cancer?

Annual visits. Colon cancer survivors should have regular visits as dictated by their doctors. Initially a colonoscopy should be performed at 1 year and then at least every 5 years. Some testing may involve blood or x-ray testing as well. Read more...
Year 1, 3, 5,5,5,5.. Current recommendations are to look 1 year after surgery, then 2-3 years later, then every 5. This obvioulsy depends on the nature/stage of your cancer, and it may be more often. I ask my patients to come in at year 1, year 3, year 5, then every 5 years after, but i decrease the interval if they have a lot of polyps. I also see them in office more frequently than that! Read more...

When should a man get screened for colon cancer if his grandpa died of it in his 40s?

Depends. If neither of your parents had colon caancer or polyps, you are probably not at increased risk based on grandfathers history and can wait til age 50. But if either parent had polyps or cancer consider earlier screening with a colonoscopy. This all assumes your are not having any symptoms now. Read more...
Ten years earlier. While a grandfather is not a first degree relative it may suggest an inherited gene problem and may be a good reason to seek genetic counseling and testing. Most cancers are still random events, but i would suggest doing a colonoscopy at age thirty for peace of mind. If negative, then age forty. Read more...

Is colon cancer common in the midtwenties? My grandmother's mom had it so should I be screened early?

You might want to,,, This isn't common in the twenties but if you has a family history, you might want to start screening early as there have been extreme cases of this in one's twenties and many people with polyposis syndromes that are certain to get this and need early screening and in some cases, prophylactic cholectomies, so it might be wise in your case to start screening early. Read more...
No , uncommon . It is uncommon at your age , every one has to concerned at any age when has unexpected wt loss , altered bm, bleeding , tarry stool , abdominal dissension, must see md & get colonoscopy done one member with distant past is not considered familial cancer .You are 22 yr old with no symptoms , do not worry enjoy your life . Read more...

My grandmothers mom had colon cancer in her 70's. My grandmother is still alive and mom has no risks but should we be screened early because of this?

No. Screening for colon ca starts at age 50. If there is positive family history in first degree relatives - parents and siblings, then screening starts at age 40 or 10 yrs younger than the affected family member, which ever comes first. Since grand mothers mom is not considered a first degree relative, no reason to screen early. Read more...
Yes need screening. Screening colonoscopy starts at the age of 50 to 75 , with strong family history done earlier age. Simple routine screening tests like stool for occult blood , rectal exam , sigmoidoscopy should be done, if your mom is over 40 yrs advisable o have a screening colonoscopy. Read more...
Take a test. Because your grandmother had colon cancer, your mother is considered to be at risk and since i suspect she is in her 50's, she should have a screening colonoscopy. There are on-line risk assessment tools for risk for colon cancer - you might try the test located at the following url: http://digestive.Ccf.Org/. Read more...