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Colorectal Cancer Screening (colonoscopy)

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Colorectal Cancer Screening (colonoscopy)

Overview

Colon cancer can be prevented with regular screenings. Undergoing a colon cancer screening significantly reduces the risk of developing the disease. Colon cancer typically starts from polyps, small growths on the colon or rectum lining, which can eventually turn cancerous. Several screening methods, including colonoscopy and Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), are available to detect these polyps or colorectal cancer. Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you.

Recent updates from organizations like the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend starting colorectal cancer screenings at age 45. Contact your health insurance provider to ask about coverage for colorectal screening. Learn more about screenings and risk reduction.

Early Detection Saves Lives

Regular screenings are crucial in preventing colorectal cancer. Being aware of the myths around colorectal cancer can help you better protect your health. Learn more about common myths.

We provide convenient locations for colonoscopy screenings across the Portland metro area, including Providence St. Vincent Medical Center on the west side of Portland.

About Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure and lasts less than 30 minutes. It allows for thorough evaluation of conditions like ulcers, polyps, cancer, and colorectal issues such as inflammation or infections. Precise imaging assists in diagnosing colon cancer and creating appropriate treatment plans. If no polyps are found, this procedure is typically repeated once every 10 years.

Due to the sedation used during the procedure, arranging transportation home is essential.

You’ll also need to change your diet and cleanse your colon with medications up to three days before the procedure. Learn more about the preparation process.

To schedule a colonoscopy, call 844-972-1299 or complete the form to request an appointment.

Alternative Screening Methods

Apart from colonoscopy, non-invasive screening options like the FIT test are available. These tests, including Cologuard, detect blood in stool samples and use DNA to identify cancer cells. Your doctor may recommend repeating these tests once or twice a year if initial results are negative.

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At Providence, you'll have access to a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.