BAPTIST MD ANDERSON Colon Cancer Screening
Early detection of colorectal cancer
Colon cancer screening
When colorectal cancer is found at an early stage, before it has spread, the survival rate is about 90%, according to the American Cancer Society. Unfortunately, only 40% of colorectal cancers are found at this early stage.
Who is eligible for colon cancer screening?
If you are 45 or older, you should be eligible for a colon cancer screening. You may be eligible at a younger age if you have a family history. Other risk factors include:
- Being overweight or obese
- Not being physically active
- Certain types of diets
- Alcohol use
- A history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- A family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
- Your racial and ethnic background
LEARN MORE ABOUT Screening Options
What is Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopies are not as intimidating as you may think—they require some at-home prep followed by a brief 30-minute procedure that involves diagnosing and in some cases removing any polyps found in your colon.
What is Cologuard Screening?
For those with average risk, you may be eligible for a Cologuard screening, an at-home test which detects altered DNA and blood in your stool. If a positive test result is found using Cologuard, you will be referred for a diagnostic colonoscopy, which could mean an additional out-of-pocket cost. Ask your insurer for details.
WHY RISK IT? Schedule Your Screening
Please fill out the form below if you would like to schedule a colon cancer screening.