Importance of Colon Cancer Screening
The goal of early cancer screening is to catch colon cancer when it’s easiest to treat and the chance of survival is higher. The experts and specialists at the Inova Saville Cancer Screening and Prevention Center will assist you in navigating you through your health risk assessment and offer you guidance on cancer prevention. We will create a customized plan based on your risk level to incorporate screenings, education, prevention and overall wellness. We offer the latest technology for our screenings and procedures to make sure you are taken care of on every level.
Do I Need to be Tested for Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer screening is recommended for adults ages 45 to 75. Your specific recommendation may be younger if you have a family history or a genetic predisposition. Colorectal cancer screening can find precancerous polyps, so they can be removed. When found early, colorectal cancer is highly treatable, although in its early stages, colorectal cancer usually presents no symptoms. Symptoms tend to appear as the cancer progresses, which is why early screening is vital.
What if I am high-risk or have a family history?
Get First Colonoscopy at 45 (not 50), Say Experts
In 2021, based on evidence that younger people are being diagnosed with colon cancer and would benefit from screening, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) moved the recommended age for colon cancer screening from 50 to age 45. Read about the new guidelines
Screening: What to Expect
Your provider will generally start by taking a complete health history and performing a physical exam. If you’re experiencing symptoms, our colon experts can perform seamless care throughout your screening and testing. These tests may include:
- Colonoscopy – a minimally invasive visual examination of the bowel using a fiber optic camera
- Fecal tests, for example:
- Fit- DNA
- Sigmoidoscopy – a minimally invasive visual examination of the bowel using a fiber optic camera
- Virtual colonoscopy – a special X-ray examination of the colon using low-dose CT technology