Colonoscopy is considered the preferred screening test because it is a preventive exam: it is the only test that both finds and removes precancerous polyps during the same exam. With the other methods, if a polyp is found, that test must then be followed by a colonoscopy to remove the polyp. A perso
Colonoscopy is a common and very safe procedure that examines the lining of the lower intestinal tract called the colon or large intestine or bowel. A doctor specially trained in the procedure uses a flexible tube that has a light and miniature TV camera on the tip. This instrument, often referred t
A fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is used to find small amounts of hidden (occult) blood in the stool. A sample of stool is tested for traces of blood. People having this test will receive a kit with instructions that explain how to take stool samples at home. The kit is then sent to a lab for testin
Colorectal cancer is often present in people without symptoms, making prevention and screening for colorectal cancer very important. A polyp may be found and removed even before it becomes cancerous or presents with symptoms; once symptoms appear, a colonoscopy is performed to aid in diagnosis, rath
Bowel health is reflected by stool (poop). When there is colon inflammation, the stool may be diarrhea (loose or watery and more frequent). There are several common causes of inflammation in the colon including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, bacterial infections, and poor blood flow to the.
CT colonography, also referred to as virtual colonoscopy, relies on a computer program to generate a 3D picture of the large intestine (colon) using x-ray images. This differs from colonoscopy, which provides actual photos of the colon and rectum via a camera attached to a thin, flexible scope that.
With so many different options to screen for colorectal cancer, it is important to talk to your doctor and discuss which screening method is best for you. Each screening option has appropriate applications and limitations. Beginning at age 50, men and women at average risk for developing colorectal