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What are the different screening tests for colon cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Scopes and Xrays.

Colonoscopy remains the gold standard test: it can see and remove polyps.
Growths and irregularities of the colon and rectum can be seen with xray exams such as barium enema (or lower GI xray) and ct colonography (or virtual colonoscopy) but these can't biopsy or remove growths. Shorter scopes and tests for hidden blood can be used but can miss polyps as well as other colon problems.

In brief: Scopes and Xrays.

Colonoscopy remains the gold standard test: it can see and remove polyps.
Growths and irregularities of the colon and rectum can be seen with xray exams such as barium enema (or lower GI xray) and ct colonography (or virtual colonoscopy) but these can't biopsy or remove growths. Shorter scopes and tests for hidden blood can be used but can miss polyps as well as other colon problems.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Internal Medicine

In brief: Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is the test of choice as it is diagnostic and therapeutic.
Other diagnostic tests include ct colonography, stool test, barium studies.

In brief: Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is the test of choice as it is diagnostic and therapeutic.
Other diagnostic tests include ct colonography, stool test, barium studies.
Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
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