Colorectal Cancer Screening

Understanding Colorectal Cancer Screenings

A colonoscopy is the most effective way to find, diagnose, and treat colorectal cancer, the 2nd deadliest cancer in the country. It’s also one of the easiest cancers to treat when caught early, making it imperative for any adults over the age of 45 to get regularly screened.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a simple but necessary exam that allows a doctor to get a detailed view inside the large intestine and rectum. While the exam is being done, a doctor is able to find, diagnose, and even remove most cancerous or precancerous polyps that they may discover, all without a follow-up appointment required of the patient. Because of this, it is the gold standard for the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer.

Capital Health offers colon cancer screenings regularly throughout the week, providing you with convenient scheduling options.

Who should be screened for colorectal cancer?

Start your screening at the age listed below, depending on which category you fall into:

  • No family history of colon cancer or an advanced polyp: begin at 45 years of age
  • With a family history of colon cancer or advanced polyp: 40 years of age or 10 years younger than the age at which your immediate family member was diagnosed, whichever is earlier

How to schedule a colorectal cancer screening appointment

To schedule a colonoscopy, please call 609-303-4444 or fill out the form below to submit a call back request.