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Early Detection and Screening

Early Detection and Screening

How is Colorectal Cancer Diagnosed?

Cancer of the colon is a highly treatable and often curable disease when localized to the bowel. It is the second most frequently diagnosed malignancy in the United States, as well as the second most common cause of cancer death. When detected early, colorectal cancer can be effectively treated, even cured

The following tests and procedures are often used to diagnose colorectal cancer:
  • Colonoscopy or Colon Screening (most common)
  • Stool tests (guaiac-based fecal occult blood test, fecal immunochemical test and FIT-DNA test)
  • CT Colonography (Virtual Colonoscpy)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

How Often Should You Get Screened?

"The USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years."

Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 

The Board-certified physicians and surgeons at The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. are here to care for you and help ensure that your risks of colon cancer are minimal. Should you be diagnosed, our team will lead you every step of the way and guide you through this disease. Contact The Department of General Surgery today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aycinena or any of the TLC surgeons!