Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the U.S. It’s also 90 percent preventable with early detection and treatment.
If you’re 50 or older, or have a family history of colorectal cancer, the most effective way to reduce your risk is to schedule a screening colonoscopy. This test searches for potentially cancerous polyps (abnormal cell growths on the inside lining of the colon or rectum). Catching these polyps early can stop them from ever becoming cancer, or detect the cancer when it’s most treatable.
CHI Saint Joseph Health offers screening locations near where you live and work, each staffed with board-certified gastroenterologists and caring support staff. A colon cancer screening is:
Speak with your primary care provider to learn more about a screening colonoscopy and to schedule your screening. If you need a primary care provider or would like to request an appointment, call 859.313.2255.
Colonoscopy is considered the gold standard in colorectal cancer screening, but we also perform other standard tests to help detect polyps and signs of cancer: