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Colorectal Cancer Screenings Help Save Lives

Colorectal cancer is one of the most detectable, and if found early, most treatable forms of cancer. The survival rates for both colon and rectal cancer increase significantly when found at an earlier stage when the cancer has not significantly increased in size or spread to nearby lymph nodes or other parts of the body. Regular screenings are the number one way to reduce your risk of colon cancer. Getting regular screenings for colorectal cancer can often detect issues early, at a stage when treatment is most effective.

 

Take the First Step - Personal In-Home Colorectal Screening

Colorectal screenings should generally begin at age 45 for those at greater risk or age 50 when the risk increases significantly - and the first step in assessing your risk for colon cancer should be a colorectal screening kit, called a stool test. Also called fecal immunochemical test (FIT) or fecal occult blood test (FOBT), this easy in-home test detects the presence of blood in stool, indicating the need for a colonoscopy. Another in-home test available is a sensitivity of stool DNA test (sDNA) that detects blood, but also finds DNA in a stool which may indicate pre-cancer or cancer cells. 

 

Free Colorectal Screening Kit Available

Gwinnett Medical Center joins more than 650 organizations in embracing the shared goal of reaching 80% screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

 

To request a FREE colorectal cancer screening kit, fill out our convenient online form or call 678-312-5000 and select option 1.

 

Screening Tests Ordered by Your Doctor

More advanced colon cancer screening and diagnostic tests, ordered by your doctor, include a colonoscopy – a painless procedure that looks inside the rectum and colon for polyps or abnormal areas. Our gastroenterologists can find precancerous polyps, and in some cases, cancer can be prevented by finding and removing these growths.

Other screening tests include a CT colonography which provides images of the entire colon to determine if growths are present and a sigmoidoscopy, which only examines the lower portion of the colon to identify and remove growths or polyps.

 

What to Expect with a Colonoscopy

Advanced screenings, like screening colonoscopies, are recommended for those age 50 and older, and those at increased risk. Most private health insurers cover recommended preventive services without any patient cost-sharing, such as co-pays and deductibles. Additional procedures may be performed at a shared cost. Speak to your primary care physician about appropriate screenings for you and potential costs.

The preparation for a colonoscopy basically eliminates any material from your intestines so the doctor will be able to see the inner linings and more readily identify any suspicious areas. You will be sedated and will need someone to drive you home after your procedure. Talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns you have about any of these colorectal cancer screening methods

 

Early detection saves lives. To request a FREE colorectal cancer screening kit, complete our convenient online form or call 678-312-5000 and select option 1.