Colon Cancer Screening in Dallas, TX
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What is a colon cancer screening?
Colorectal cancer is often one of the most avoidable cancers. The colon and rectum make up the large intestine, which will absorb water and nutrients, and holds waste until it is released from the body
Your screening for colon cancer is the process of searching for polyps and growths that could be cancerous on the inner wall of the colon and rectum when no gastrointestinal symptoms exist. A polyp is a growth where there is no cancer present in the colon. Some of these could turn into cancer later on. Detecting and removing these polyps and malignant growths could prevent complications as well as death because of cancer of the colon.
Our board-certified gastroenterologists at Digestive Health Associates of Texas frequently perform screenings for colon cancer for Dallas, TX individuals. To arrange for an appointment, contact our network to find a GI specialist in your area.
Are there colon cancer screening options?
Dallas, TX patients should speak with their GI doctor at Digestive Health Associates of Texas around what time they should go to the colon cancer screening and what tests to have. Any of the below tests may be suggested for a colon cancer screening:
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy: A sigmoidoscopy will be used to get a look at the inside of the rectum and lower colon. A finger-size thick tube with a camera is inserted through your rectum so we can take images of the inside wall as well as part of your colon. It can be used so we can take a biopsy of the polyp or tumor and removing some polyps. But a colonoscopy will need to be done to view the entire colon and get rid of all polyps or tumors. It is generally pretty safe but has a slight risk of the bowel tearing, bleeding, and infection.
- Colonoscopy: A colonscope is somewhat like a sigmoidoscope, except it is longer and is used to view the inside of the colon. It is snaked through the rectum so our GI specialist can see a full view of the colon on the monitor. GI tools may be passed through the colonoscope to take the biopsy and extract polyps. Sedation is needed. There is a slight chance of the bowel tearing, bleeding, and/or infection occurring after the procedure.
- Virtual colonoscopy: Virtual colonoscopy is a computed tomography scan of the colon. The person is asked to lie on our treatment table where the CT scanner will take detailed images of your colon. It is a noninvasive technique and does not call for you to be sedated. If we find any abnormalities, a colonoscopy will need to be performed to extract the tumors or polyps.
- Double-contrast barium enema: A thin tube is placed into the rectum and barium sulfate, a chalky white liquid, and air, will be pumped into your colon. The barium suspension lines the outer walls of your colon. X-ray images of your colon are then taken to identify any abnormalities on the inner wall of your colon. If any abnormalities are found, a colonoscopy will need to be done to remove the tumors or polyps.
- Fecal test: Fecal tests are performed with the fecal sample and are very safe. Fecal tests might not provide confirmatory results but may suggest abnormalities in your GI tract, calling for more tests. A colonoscopy needs to be performed if positive results are shown, indicating the presence of cancerous growths in the colon. There are three types of fecal tests:
- Fecal occult blood tests that can detect blood in the feces not visible to normal eyes through a chemical reaction.
- Fecal immunochemical tests detect blood through a certain immunochemical reaction of protein in the blood and can detect non-visible blood.
- Stool DNA tests identify certain abnormal DNA genes in the cells shed from cancerous outgrowth or polyps in your stool sample.
Who might be at risk for colon cancer?
- People with a history of breast, ovarian, or uterine cancer
- Men and women who had colon cancer before
- People with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
- Men and women with familial adenomatous polyposis, a condition where they develop many polyps in the rectum and colon
- People over 45 years of age
- Men and women who have immediate family members like parents, siblings, or children who have or had colon cancer
- People with a sedentary lifestyle, bad eating habits, and who smoke
Book a colon cancer screening today
With routine checks, colorectal cancer can be easily detected and preventable in the early stages. If you are 45 or older or have had prior conditions that raise your risk of colon cancer, you should schedule a colon cancer screening at Digestive Health Associates of Texas. A physician-led group of gastroenterologists who function with a patient-first mentality, Digestive Health Associates of Texas employs the most innovative technology to maintain digestive health. To schedule a colon cancer screening, contact our team to find a GI specialist near you.
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