Colon Cancer Screenings

Colon health: Is it time to talk about a colon cancer screening?

You have options for colon cancer screenings — but the first step is talking with your provider. A colonoscopy is the best screening, but there are other colon cancer screening options, too.

Screening benefits:

  • Most colon cancers do not produce symptoms, so screenings can result in early and lifesaving cancer detection.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer screenings could cut the colon cancer death rate in half for Americans.
  • The development of more than 75-90 percent of colorectal cancer can be avoided through early detection and removal of pre-cancerous polyps.
  • Screenings are proven to be safe and effective with little or no patient downtime.

About colon cancer

Colon cancer is caused by polyps (abnormal growths). If polyps grow and are not removed, they can become cancerous. Risk factors for colon cancer include having a personal history of colon polyps or colorectal cancer, a strong family history of the colorectal cancer, African-American race and a history of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

Criteria for colon cancer screenings

 A colonoscopy is the best screening, but there are other colon cancer screening options, too.

Give us a call at 844.278.4600, and let’s talk about the screening that is right for you. Need a provider? We are welcoming new patients to all of our seven Mount Nittany Physician Group locations, listed below: