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Colorectal (Colon and Rectal) Cancer Screening
Colon and rectal cancer is preventable and highly treatable when caught at an early stage. People who are diagnosed at early stages have over a 90 percent chance of a cure and survival.
The risk of colorectal cancer increases with age and family medical history of the disease. Lynch Syndrome is the most common hereditary syndrome associated with high risk.
African-Americans and American Indians may consider beginning colon cancer screening at age 45. We recommend screening for everyone ages 50 and over, based on guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force.
Colorectal cancer screening helps find precancerous polyps early so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Talk to your primary care provider about the right screening for you.
Who should be screened
If you’re over 50, have a history of colon cancer or have any other high risk characteristics like a family history, or are among higher risk ethnicities such as African American or American Indian, please get a screening colonoscopy. Ask your provider or find a gastroenterologist for a referral to a gastroenterologist close to home or work. Recently, the American Cancer Society changed their screening guideline recommendations from age 50 to 45 after learning that new cases of colorectal cancer are occurring at an increasing rate among younger adults.
We offer screenings for polyps and cancer using the latest screening techniques at all of our locations, including:
- Colonoscopy using a thin, flexible tube with a camera
- Double-contrast barium enema using a radiocontrast agent called barium and X-rays
- CT colonography (CTC), or virtual colonoscopy, using CT scanning (provided at specific sites)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy using a shorter tube with a camera to examine only the lower colon and rectum
- Stool (feces) tests that check for blood
Ask your provider when screening is right for you.
What to expect at a screening colonoscopy
Colonoscopies: six things you’ve always wanted to know (but were embarrassed to ask).
When it comes to getting a colonoscopy, you’re not the only one who has questions. But for every person who asks a question, there are dozens who won’t. That’s why we’ve gathered the six most commonly asked colonoscopy questions and answers.
Scheduling your screening
Screening appointments are available at many convenient locations throughout the Puget Sound. A referral from your provider is required. To schedule an appointment in Pierce or King counties, call 253-284-5197, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. In Kitsap County, call 360-782-3000 (Port Orchard) or 360-830-1100 (Silverdale), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
CHI Franciscan has thirteen locations throughout the Puget Sound.
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