Colorectal Cancer Screening Options
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is common—even in people who have no history of the disease in their family. In many cases, CRC does not cause bleeding or other symptoms until it is in a late stage that is difficult to cure. For these reasons, prevention is key. Typically, CRC starts as a small precancerous growth which takes years to become a true cancer. Discovery and removal of precancerous growths, or polyps, often prevent cancer from developing. If you follow your doctor’s advice and have proper screening, your chance of getting colon cancer is likely to decline significantly.
There are several options for CRC screening. None of the options is perfect in all aspects and the various screening tests differ in accuracy, safety, convenience, availability and cost. MAGIC follows the US Multi-Society Guidelines for colorectal cancer screening. These guidelines are set by representatives from the American Cancer Society, the US Multi-Society Task Force, and the American College of Radiology.
The following tests are included in these guidelines and are offered by MAGIC:
- Traditional (Optical) Colonoscopy
- Integrated CT Colonography
(Virtual Colonoscopy with same day polyp removal if polyp is found—15% chance of polyp for patients at average risk)
- Fecal Occult Testing (Stool test for blood)
- Fecal DNA Testing (Stool genetic test for cancer)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
Advantages and Disadvantages of CRC Screening Tests [ click (+) to expand ]