Colorectal cancer is a category of cancers that form within the rectum and cancer. Development and lack of treatment of colon cancer fall as the second highest cause of cancer death in America. Like most forms of cancer, it is both preventable and treatable with regular check-ups. Colon cancer screenings are the most effective method of preventing colon cancer available. At Reliance Primary & Urgent Care, we’re dedicated to helping our patients get regular screenings and catching the advance of colorectal cancers in time for effective treatment.

Colon Cancer Screenings at Reliance Primary & Urgent Care

As part of our services, we refer our patients to qualified Gastroenterologists for screening procedures. There are four common approaches to checking for colon cancer. These include:

  • Colonoscopy – A qualified Gastroenterologist will insert an endoscope into your rectum during this treatment. Endoscopes are flexible tubes that contain a tiny camera. Once in place, the tube will be slowly threaded through the colon, observing for polyps that can indicate the presence of colon cancer. If any polyps are discovered, the tube can accommodate special tools for removing them.
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy – There are many similarities between this procedure and a colonoscopy. However, these exams only cover a portion of the lower gastrointestinal tract. This procedure also uses an endoscope. When polyps are located, they will be removed with the proper instrumentation.
  • Double-Contrast Barium Enema – Barium is a material known as a ‘contrast.’ Contrasts can absorb x-rays more effectively, allowing for the more precise imaging of soft tissues such as the gastrointestinal tract. This procedure begins with the patient swallowing a quantity of barium contrast and waiting for them to reach the targeted areas.
  • CT Colonography – This colonographic procedure uses computed tomography (CT) to produce high-quality images that allow for easier identification of polyps and cancerous tissue within the colon. It is sometimes referred to as a virtual colonoscopy.

Regular cancer screenings are a necessity for patients over the age of 50, regardless of gender. This milestone, established by the American Cancer Society, marks a notable increase in the risk of developing colon cancer. You may be directed to begin your screenings earlier if you have one of the following risk factors:

  • A family history of polyps in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.
  • Personal history of Crohn’s Disease
  • Family members who have developed Lynch Syndrome, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP), or another hereditary syndrome that increases the risk of colon cancer.

When you need your next colonoscopy is determined by a few factors. One of the most important is age, as mentioned above. However, the findings of these tests also play a role. If no polyps are discovered, you’ll generally be cleared not to receive a colonoscopy for another ten years. However, you will still need to receive a CT Colonography, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and/or double-contrast barium enema every five years.

See Reliance Primary & Urgent Care For Colon Cancer Screening

If it’s time for you to begin receiving regularly scheduled colon cancer screenings, contact our Jacksonville, FL, clinic today. We’ll schedule you at a convenient time and begin the most important preventative measure for colorectal cancer available. Don’t wait! Call today.