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Colon Cancer Screening

Colon Cancer Screening services offered in Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Colon Cancer Screening services offered in the greater Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ area

Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet it’s the second cause of cancer deaths in Americans. You can prevent this disease with colon cancer screening performed by the expert team at Premier Gastro Care in Phoenix, Arizona. Led by Shakti Singh, MD, they work closely with you, assessing your risks for colon cancer, explaining your screening options, and performing colonoscopies that prevent or cure cancer. Call the office today or connect online to schedule a life-saving colon cancer screening appointment.

What is colon cancer screening?

Colon cancer screening is a test to detect polyps and cancer before you have symptoms. Most colon cancers begin in polyps that grow in the intestinal lining. Polyps are benign (noncancerous) at first, but their DNA can change over the years and turn them into cancer.

You prevent colon cancer when the polyps are removed while still benign. You can also cure cancer if the polyps are detected and removed before the cancer spreads.

When should I have colon cancer screening?

The American Cancer Society recommends that people with an average risk for colon cancer have their first screening when they reach 45. You may need to have the screening earlier than 45 if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Family or personal history of colon polyps
  • Family or personal history of colon cancer
  • Personal history of abdominal radiation treatment
  • Family history of inherited conditions like Lynch syndrome 

Your Premier Gastro Care provider can assess your risks and recommend when and how often you should get screened.

Are there different types of colon cancer screening?

Your provider recommends one of two types of colon cancer screening:

Stool tests

You take a stool test at home using a kit that gives you everything you need to collect a stool sample and send it to the lab. Stool tests reveal DNA from colon cancer cells, hidden blood (from cancer and other colon problems), or both.

If your stool test is positive, you will need to schedule a colonoscopy because it’s the only way to verify the source of bleeding and remove polyps.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure using a long, flexible tube containing a camera and light. Your provider guides the scope through your colon, using the camera to examine the intestinal walls and look for inflammation, polyps, and other problems.

During your colonoscopy, your provider can remove polyps, take biopsies, and treat other conditions. Your provider sends the tissues to a lab, where specialists carefully examine them for signs of cancer and to verify all the cancer was removed with the polyp.

Call the caring team at Premier Gastro Care today or book an appointment online if you have questions about or need to schedule colon cancer screening.