Colorectal Cancer Screening
Union GI Associates is committed to offering community members the latest in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and health education. Our goal is to help each of our patients achieve and maintain optimum digestive health.
Colonoscopy is the best test currently available to detect colorectal cancer. An endoscope (slim flexible tube with a camera at the tip) is passed through the colon while the physician carefully looks for precancerous lesions or polyps. The test usually takes 15 to 20 minutes on average.
- Colorectal cancer begins in the digestive system, also called the gastrointestinal system
- Most colon cancers arise in pre-existing polyps found in the colon
- Colorectal screenings allow doctors to find these polyps and remove them before they become problematic
- Colorectal cancer affects men and women of all races. The lifetime risk of being diagnosed is similar in both sexes; approximately 5.9% for men and 5.5% for women
- Risk factors can include age, prior personal history of colorectal adenoma or colorectal carcinoma, family history, inflammatory bowel disease, high fat and low fiber consumption, low dietary selenium and environmental factors
Individuals 50 years or older and anyone with a family history or those experiencing unexplained constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, or blood in their stool or toilet tissue should speak with their physician about a screening colonoscopy.
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