Screenings & Programs
A barium enema, or lower gastrointestinal (GI) examination, is an X-ray examination of the large intestine (colon and rectum). The test is used to help diagnose diseases and other problems that affect the large intestine.
This screening method allows a doctor to inspect the entire colon for polyps and cancer. During a colonoscopy, samples of any growths can be collected (biopsied), and precancerous and cancerous growths sometimes can be removed.
If you’re 50 and older, schedule a colonoscopy today. People with a high risk for colorectal cancer and those with a family history should talk with their doctor about being screened at an earlier age. A colonoscopy is an exam that allows a doctor to see and closely look at the inside of the entire colon for signs of cancer or polyps. Polyps are small growths that over time can become cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. Every year 106,100 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer. And nearly half will die. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable if polyps are discovered and removed before progressing to cancer.
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Fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
A fecal occult blood test is performed to look for microscopic amounts of blood in stool. FOBT is a simple, low-cost screening tool for colon polyps or colon cancer.
This test allows the doctor to look at the lower third of the colon. During a sigmoidoscopy exam, samples of any growths can be collected (biopsied), and precancerous and cancerous growths can sometimes be removed.