Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States? Fortunately, if caught early on, it’s also very treatable. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace, and Palos Heights, Illinois, the board-certified gastroenterologists are strong proponents of preventive colon cancer screenings for men and women alike. If you’re concerned about your risk of colon cancer, call or use the online booking tool and make an appointment today.
A screening test is a diagnostic procedure used to look for a disease when you don’t have symptoms. Almost all cases of colon cancer develop as the result of a precancerous polyp, or abnormal growth, in your large intestine.
The goal of colon cancer screening is to detect and remove precancerous polyps before they become cancerous. Screening tests also help pinpoint cancer early on, when treatment is most successful.
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that all adults between the ages of 50 and 75 participate in regular colon cancer screenings. If you are older than 75, screenings may not be necessary, but it depends on your overall health and family history.
At Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the team offers a full suite of colon cancer screenings, including:
Colon cancer screening isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of procedure. Following an exam and review of your medical history, the team can make recommendations tailored to your individual needs.
To request your colon cancer screening appointment at Illinois Gastroenterology Group, call or request an appointment online today.