The American Cancer Society recommends that everyone over the age of 50 have their colon screened. (If a close relative has colon cancer, screening should start even sooner.)
Colon cancer screening is one of the most important things you can do for yourself or your loved ones. The evidence is clear — screening for colon cancer saves lives.
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The most popular colon cancer screening test — taken by millions each year. Colonoscopy involves insertion of a tiny camera throughout the entire colon.
The easiest way to check for colon cancer. A small stool sample is checked for blood. (Most colon cancers bleed. When they’re just forming, the bleeding can’t be seen with the eye.)
If results show evidence of bleeding, further testing is required, usually with a colonoscopy.
The newest test to check for colon cancer. Similar to regular colonoscopy, but uses a CT scanner instead of a scope.
Colon cancer screenings are performed in UT Southwestern Medical Center's new Outpatient Building. Our Outpatient Building is a modern, seven-story structure offering state-of-the-art equipment and imaging services.