Colon Cancer Screening

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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Arlington Heights, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

Colorectal cancers are today’s second-most common cause of cancer deaths in men and women. That’s why a colon cancer screening with the expert gastroenterologists at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, is so crucial. The specialists can find cancerous growths early, allowing immediate intervention and excellent treatment results. You can beat colon cancer, but you need some skilled help to do it. Book your colon cancer screening online or by phone now.

Colon Cancer Screening Q & A

What is Colon Cancer Screening?

A colon cancer screening checks for abnormal growths in your colon called polyps. During your screening, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group specialist can find polyps before they become cancerous. 

These small precancerous growths are easily treatable, which means that colon cancer screenings and early intervention treatments can actually prevent colon cancer.

How Does a Colon Cancer Screening Work?

There are a few ways to screen for colon cancer, including:

  • Stool Tests: Stool tests check for tiny traces of blood that can’t be seen, which is an early indicator of potential colon cancer. Stool test options include a fecal occult blood test, fecal immunochemical test, and stool DNA test.
  • Sigmoidoscopy: In a sigmoidoscopy, your gastroenterologist inserts a very thin flexible scope in your rectum to examine the bottom part of your colon.
  • Colonoscopy: In a colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist views your entire rectum and colon using a long scope. A colonoscopy is a like a more extensive sigmoidoscopy.

Your gastroenterology specialist will recommend a screening test or a combination of tests based on your situation.

What are the Signs that I Need a Colon Cancer Screening?

If you experience potential symptoms of colon polyps like bloody stool, abdominal pain, and chronic constipation or diarrhea, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group gastroenterologist might recommend a colon cancer screening.

In addition to as-needed screenings, regular screenings starting at around age 50 (possibly earlier depending on your health and history), are vitally important in preventing colon cancer. Your gastroenterologist will recommend a screening frequency for your needs.

What Happens if I Have Colon Cancer?

Your gastroenterologist can remove most polyps during a colonoscopy. For larger or more entrenched polyps, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group specialist might perform laparoscopic surgery.

More advanced cases of colon cancer can be treated with colon resection or other sophisticated surgeries. If you have advanced colon cancer, you might also need treatments like chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or targeted drug therapy.

The important thing to know about colon cancer is that it doesn’t have to destroy your health or become life-threatening. By working with your gastroenterologist, you can take the steps to successfully discover and treat it early.

Book your colon cancer screening online or by calling Illinois Gastroenterology Group today.