Colon Cancer Screening Specialists

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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace & Palos Heights, IL

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.

Colon Cancer Screening Q & A

What is a Colon Cancer Screening?

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. 

When Should I Start Participating in Colon Cancer Screenings?

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.

What are Some Common Colon Cancer Screening Tests?

At Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the team offers a full suite of colon cancer screenings, including: 

  • Stool Tests: There are many different types of stool tests, but almost all of them check for the presence of blood or altered DNA in your bowel movements. Depending on your symptoms and medical history, your provider might recommend guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT), fecal immunochemical test (FIT), or FIT-DNA test.
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: A flexible sigmoidoscopy is an outpatient procedure that involves your provider putting a small, thin, flexible tube into your rectum. The tube has a microscopic camera on the end used to detect polyps or cancer in the lower third of your colon.
  • Colonoscopy: Similar to a flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy uses a long, thin, flexible tube to detect polyps or cancer in your colon. The only difference is that the tube is longer and capable of inspecting your entire colon and not just the lower third. Your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider might also recommend a colonoscopy if anything unusual is found during another screening test.
  • CT Colonography: A CT colonography or virtual colonoscopy uses a combination of X-ray and computed tomography (CT) scan technology to produce realtime images of your entire colon. 

What Type of Colon Cancer Screening is Best for Me?

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.