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Colon Cancer FAQ

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  • Aren’t there other tests that could detect colon cancer? The thought of a colonoscopy makes me nervous.

  • Why does a colonoscopy detect more cancers than other methods?

  • What is a polyp?

  • How frequently are polyps cancerous?

  • What about a family history of colon polyps…does that change anything?

  • Here is what the American Cancer Society writes about the familial link to colon cancer:

  • Besides colon polyps, is there anything else that might increase my risk of colon cancer?

  • Tell me more about inflammatory bowel disease and increased risk. What is the connection?

  • Are men at higher risk than women for developing colon cancer?

  • Why is age so important in screening for colorectal cancer?

  • What are the risks for women?

  • Does race affect colorectal cancer screening recommendations?

  • How is a colonoscopy done?

  • How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

  • Why is early detection so important?

  • What are the colon cancer risk factors?

  • Can you explain more about each type of screening test for colorectal cancer?

  • Is there anything I should be looking for to report to my doctor that might indicate a need for earlier screening or screening out of the expected interval of every ten years?

  • How can I contact the Digestive Disease Center to schedule an appointment?

  • I live alone and don’t have anyone to drive me to the test. What can I do?


  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Colon Screening Facts, 2006
  • Buetow, P. and Buck, J. "Colorectal Adenocarcinoma." RadioGraphics 15.1 (Jan. 1995). 28 Aug. 2006
  • “Colonoscopy in the Screening and Surveillance of Individuals at Increased Risk for Colorectal Cancer” A SAGES Co-Endorsed ASGE Guideline, 2006.
  • What Are The Risk  Factors for Colorectal Cancer?
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