Like most types of cancer, colorectal cancer can be better managed if diagnosed early. This is why Premier Surgical’s physicians stress the importance of screenings.

What are screenings?

Screenings or screening tests are medical procedures conducted on individuals who don’t have the symptoms yet. They are highly recommended for those who are at risk of developing certain types of diseases such as cancer.

Why are screening tests important?

Colorectal screenings can help find precancerous polyps. Most cases of colorectal cancer usually develop from these polyps.

To prevent colorectal cancer, it is recommended to have regular screening starting at the age of 50 (the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends adults age 50 to 75 to be screened for colorectal cancer). For older adults age 76 and above, the doctor will help decide if the screening test is still necessary.

Are there exceptions for being screened earlier than 50?

Although it’s recommended to be screened starting at the age of 50, there are some who may be recommended for screening before they turn 50. This is typically in the case of adults who have a close relative with colorectal polyps, those with inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis, or genetic diseases like Lynch syndrome.

What are the different screening tests for colorectal cancer?

There are different tests used for finding precancerous polyps. Your doctor will help determine the most appropriate tests for the patient.

The most common screening tests for colorectal cancer include the stool test, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and CT colonography. Your doctor can help to determine which test is most appropriate for you based on your preference, resources, and current health condition.

The physicians of Premier Surgical in Knoxville surgically treat patients with colorectal and many other types of cancer. Early detection is a key in a successful treatment and outcome.