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Screening Methods

COLONOSCOPY (every 10 YEARS) A physician uses a colonoscope to view the entire colon and the rectum. The entire colon must be cleaned out in order to perform a colonoscopy.  Polyps can be removed with the colonoscope. This is often considered the “gold standard” for colon screening.  Source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/images/ency/fullsize/1083.jpg CT colonography (Virtual colonoscopy, every 5 years) … Continue reading Screening Methods

What is colon cancer?

Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, occurs in the colon or rectum. As the graphic below shows, the colon is part of the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus. Colon cancer, when discovered early, is highly treatable. Even if it spreads into nearby lymph nodes, … Continue reading What is colon cancer?