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How many doctors run tests for colorectal cancer detection?

Just two. Your doctor after examination test your stool for occult blood and performs colonoscopy for presence or absence of colon cancer, if you are 40 or over please get it done, even if you don't have symptoms. Read more...

What are available screening tests for colorectal 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...
Several. Screening tests for colorectal cancer range from testing the stool for blood, barium enema, or ct colonography. However, the gold standard test is colonoscopy which should be done in everyone at age 50 or earlier if there are symptoms or a strong family history. Read more...

Are some people more likely to get colorectal cancer?

Yes. There is a higher risk of getting colorectal cancer if it runs in a person's family, they have a genetic abnormality, and/or they have ulcerative colitis. There are likely others, but these are the ones that immediately come to my mind. Read more...
Diets heavy. In processed meats (bologna, salami, etc) and low in fresh fruits and vegtables are more likely to be at risk. Family history and genetics play a role in cause as well (lynch syndrom, polyps). The latter are prominant in young people. Bowel habit change and blood are reason for assessment at any age. See your doctor. Read more...

What are some pre-cancerous signs of colorectal cancer?

Colonic polyps. Nearly all colon cancers arise in colon polyps. Unfortunately, colonic polyps are generally asymptomatic and require colonscopy of barium enema for detection. Newer imaging studies may make the detection easier. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease have higher incidence of colon cancer. A family history of colon cancer is an other "sign". Read more...
ColOn cancer symptom. 75% polyps and 50% of colon cancers cause no early symptoms thus the importance of screening. If symptoms are present, then blood in the stool and change in bowel habits lead the list. Read more...

Need expert help here. What are some signs of colorectal cancer?

Nonspecific signs. There may be blood in the stool, either visible or only detectable by testing; stool may be black (which means blood); change in bowel habits such as diarrhea or constipation or change in diameter/consistency of stools; fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath. There can be crampy abdominal pain and a feeling that your bowels are not emptying completely. There may be unexplained weight loss. Read more...

For a man who had colorectal cancer 3 years ago, what would be a worrisome value on a CEA test?

Above normal. A cea test doesn't always pick up colon cancer, but if someone has had colon cancer, a cea result that is higher than normal is worrisome. Each lab has different values for normal. Ask the doctor for a copy of your lab test. The normal values will be printed beside the result. Example: cea 3.5 (0.8-5.0) means the cea is normal because it is between 0.8 and 5.0. Read more...
Increasing. If the cea was within the reference range and is now higher, it suggests return of the tumor. More definitive testing will still need to be done. Remember that colon cancer, even when metastatic, is not inconsistent with a good-quality survival of up to several years. Read more...
D/w your oncologist. Cea's sensitivity and specificity are not 100%- meaning many other conditions can affect the level of cea besides colon cancer. The level is also different in a smoker and non smoker. The trend over time would be more important than just one number at certain time. In general for non smoker the level is less than 5 and for smoker could go up to 7.5. Please discuss with your oncologist however. Read more...

What are the tests for hereditary colorectal cancer?

Usual. Se as for non hereditary , a colonoscopy is best. If you are high risk it is usually recommended tat the testing start earlier than age 50 , the specific age depending on the circumstances. Read more...