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Colon Cancer Screening

UofL Health Colon CancerWe know you don’t want to, but schedule your colonoscopy.

Colon Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. It’s also 90% preventable. If you’re 45 or older, or have a family history of colon cancer, the most effective way to reduce your risk is to schedule a colon cancer screening. If you have a family history of colon cancer talk to your primary physician about the right time for you to get screened.

There is no reason not to be screened for colon cancer. Just do it.

Call 502.210.4497 to schedule a painless screening colonoscopy or talk to your primary care physician about fecal DNA or FIT testing. 

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal Cancer is a term used to refer to cancer that starts in either the colon or the rectum.  Colon cancer is a form of gastrointestinal cancer.  These cancer have many features in common.  In most cases, colorectal cancer develops slowly over many years.  We now know that most of these cancer begin as a polyp— a growth tissue that starts in the lining and grows to the center of the colon or rectum which may or may not be cancerous: however, a type of polyp known as adenoma can become cancerous.  Removing a polyp early may prevent it from becoming cancer.  Over 95 percent of colon and rectal cancer are adenocarcinoma.  These are cancers that start in the cells lining the inside of the colon and rectum.  

What are the symptoms of Colon Cancer?

Most Gastrointestinal cancers grow slowly and the symptoms are often vague and do not occur until late in the process.  The symptoms for colon cancer are:
 - Changes in bowel habits such as constipation or diarrhea
 - Change in the size or the color of the stool
 - Abdominal pain
 - Blood in the stool
 - Chronic fatigue
 - Unexplained anemia

Please take an active role in your health care. Call the Colon Cancer Screening Program at 502.210.4497 to schedule your screening colonoscopy.