Colon (Polyps) Cancer Screening

Colon (Polyps) Cancer Screening
Colon cancer is among the leading causes of cancer deaths in the U.S. Most colon cancer start as small, benign (noncancerous) polyps in the lining of the colon, which if left undetected and/or untreated can become cancerous over time.

Risks for Colon Cancer

Risks for developing colon cancer include family history, incidence of inflammatory bowel disease, prior cancers, a diet high in red meat, smoking, extensive alcohol consumption, African American heritage and advanced age (60 and over).

Signs of Colon Cancer

While signs may include blood in the stool, abdominal pain and tenderness, and unexplained weight loss, many people do not experience symptoms. For this reason, regular screenings that include physical and rectal exams, fecal occult blood tests, and colonoscopies are recommended; colonoscopies are the preferred test as the entire colon is visualized. The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women, beginning at age 50, should have annual fecal occult blood tests and a colonoscopy every 10 years; individuals with a family history should be screened more often. Colon cancer, if diagnosed and treated early, can be completely cured.

Colon Cancer Screenings

NJ gastroenterologists Dr. Howard N. Guss and Dr. Gagan D. Beri have performed countless colon cancer screenings, providing patients with world-class diagnostic skills and well-honed medical expertise. They offer patients a variety of preparation options, including state-of-the-art split dosing, which involves taking half of the preparation prescription the night before and the other half the day of the procedure. Screenings are done at the Advanced Endoscopy & Surgical Center, state licensed,  premier AAAHC and Medicare-certified and New Jersey state licensed ambulatory surgical facility in Eatontown.