Unlike many cancers, colon cancer is preventable. Colon cancer screening can help decrease your risk for colon cancer. Colon cancer starts from little growths called polyps that develop on the lining of the colon or rectum. Over time, some of these polyps can become cancerous.
Several screening tests can be used to find polyps or colorectal cancer, such as a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) or colonoscopy. Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you.
For your convenience, we offer locations for a colonoscopy screening across the Portland metro area, including at St. Vincent Medical Center on Portland’s west side.
The American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently revised their guidelines to begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45. Contact your health insurance provider to learn about coverage information for colorectal screening.