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Screenings 

With screenings, often physicians may find illnesses or conditions before symptoms become apparent. Early detection is often an important factor in treating or curing a problem.

Talk to your doctor about screenings that are appropriate for your age and gender.

Catching colon cancer early
One important screening prodcedure the digestive disease center is a screening colonoscopy.

Screening is recomended for patients who have:

  • Symptoms such as blood in the stool
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Change in bowel habits or lower abdominal cramping
  • You have a family history of colon cancer and you are over 40
  • You are over age 50 (even without symptoms)

The American College of Gastroenterology has concluded that colonoscopy is the preferred and most reliable test for colorectal cancer screening.