Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colon Cancer Screening

Colon (Colorectal) cancer is found in polyps that grow in the lower digestive tract (colon and rectum). These polyps are common in people over the age of 50, and are often benign. If untreated, however, they can become cancerous.

Colon cancer is the third most common cause of cancer related death in the United States. Early detection through colon cancer screenings decreases the death rate. The American Cancer Society recommends that anyone over age 50 be screened for colon cancer every five to ten years. Those who are at high risk* should be screened more often.

Colon cancer screenings find disease in people who aren’t yet having signs or symptoms. If the cancer is caught early, a cure is still possible. The screenings also find polyps that may become cancerous in the future.

Radiology Consultants offers two methods of colon cancer screenings: CT Colonography and Barium Enema. Both screenings require a liquid diet the day before the procedure and laxatives.

To schedule your screening, please Contact Us today.

CT Colonography

A CT Colonography uses a low dose CT scan to take pictures of the colon and rectum. This is less invasive than a colonoscopy, but the results are just as effective. The doctor will review the images after the procedure to look for polyps.

Barium Enema

For this procedure, barium solution and air are introduced to the colon. Then, x-ray images are made of the colon and rectum. The doctor will review the images after the procedure to look for polyps.

*Are You High Risk?

Please read through this list to see if you are at high risk of developing colon cancer. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and how often you should be screened.

  • Over age 60
  • African American or Eastern European decent
  • Personal History of: colon cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, or inflammatory bowel disease
  • Family History of
    • Colon cancer or polyps
    • Hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome
  • Other Risk Factors:
    • Smoking cigarettes
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Eating a high-fat, low-fiber diet