Colorectal cancer screening is the best means to catch pre-cancerous polyps and diagnose colon cancer at its earliest stage, when it’s treatable and curable.
We offer advanced screening options for colorectal cancer to detect the condition in its earliest stages.
Colon cancer is among the most common cancers in the United States, affecting more than 130,000 people each year. Rectal Cancer is a relatively common disease in the United States, affecting about 40,000 people each year. Anal cancer is less common, but can be aggressive. Colorectal cancer is highly treatable when it is detected early.
Our colorectal cancer specialists can pinpoint the precise location and stage of the cancer. We offer the most advanced diagnostic tools and screening tests to help us find and treat tumors.
A 2017 study led by American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers revealed that new cases of colon cancer and rectal cancer are occurring at an increasing rate among young and middle-aged adults throughout the United States. That is part of the reason why the ACS and our cancer experts now recommend that for those with an average risk (no family history of colon cancer or other risk factors) colon and rectal screenings should take place at age 45, rather than the previous recommendation of 50. Patients with a first-degree relative, meaning a person's parent or sibling, diagnosed with colorectal cancer should start at age 40, or at 10 years younger than the age the relative was diagnosed.
Our colorectal cancer expert explains who should consider screening and when providing clarity for those considering screening.
Your doctor may detect cancer during a routine examination or during a colonoscopy or other screening exam. Sometimes, screening methods other than colonoscopies are a good option for a patient. We are sensitive to individual preferences and offer the full range of colorectal cancer screening tests. A doctor may order one or more of the following:
Talk to your doctor about your colorectal cancer risk and your screening options. To make an appointment for your colonoscopy or to talk with your doctor about your risk, call (800) 436-7936.
Polyps are abnormal growths in the colon that may turn into cancer if left untreated. Polyps can:
When doctors find polyps during colonoscopy, they often remove them immediately. This approach can decrease your risk of colon cancer.
Physicians may use one of two techniques to remove polyps. They can:
Your doctor will send the polyps to a pathology lab for more testing. It can take about a week to receive the results. If your doctor finds polyps during your colonoscopy, you may need further tests for an accurate diagnosis.
Although most people who are diagnosed with colon cancer are older than age 40, some patients are younger. We may recommend genetic counseling for these younger patients and their family members.
If you may be at risk for an inherited cancer, we’ll work with you and our genetics team to recommend next steps. And, we’ll help you and your family members navigate any additional screening or care you may need.