Colon Cancer Screening Form
Early detection saves lives. We have particular expertise working with patients who have a high risk for colon cancer — indicated by a genetic test or family history of the disease — and we can help you keep on top of your health. We provide a comprehensive slate of screening techniques. After all, not every test is suitable for every patient. We will work with you to select the best method for you, understand the results and plan the next steps.
Types of screenings
This is a screening technique with the potential to identify and remove precancerous polyps and sample cancer cells simultaneously. It is a routine, same-day outpatient procedure.
To learn more about colonoscopy, please read: What to Expect from a Colonoscopy .
In virtual colonoscopy, or CT colonography, a radiologist scans the large intestine for abnormalities like polyps or cancers using X-rays and computers. (“CT” is short for “computed tomography.”) In a focused version of the familiar CT scan, this procedure produces a 3D image of the colon. If this test is abnormal, then a colonoscopy is recommended for further evaluation and treatment.
Stool DNA test
In contrast to the standard or virtual colonoscopy, the stool DNA test detects immunological signs of colon cancer rather than visual evidence. A type of fecal occult blood test, Cologuard is currently the only Food and Drug Administration-approved stool DNA test. If this test is abnormal, then a colonoscopy is recommended for further evaluation and treatment.