Colon Cancer Screening
Regular colon cancer screening is a powerful tool in detection of colon cancer. At Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital, our gastroenterologists are experts in colonoscopy screening. They offer the most thorough early detection process available in North Florida.
Colon cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed form of cancer in men and women over the age of 50. It is also the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. (American Cancer Society, 2014.)
Colon cancer is preventable—90 percent of cases can be prevented if detected early enough. Because colon cancer in the early stages is usually symptom-free, colonoscopy is needed for early detection.
Screening has the potential to prevent colorectal cancer because it can detect precancerous growths, called polyps, in the colon and rectum. Although most polyps will not become cancerous, removing them can prevent cancer from occurring.
When detected in the early stages, there is more likelihood that the cancer can be cured, treatment will be less extensive and recovery will occur faster.
Colonoscopy screening is recommended for patients who have:
- Symptoms such as blood in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
- Change in bowel habits or lower abdominal cramping
- A family history of colon cancer for people over 40
- Anyone over the age of 50 (even without symptoms)
Learn more about preventing, finding and treating colorectal cancer in our Health Library.