Colon Cancer Screening Specialists

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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL, South Elgin, IL & Lake In The Hills, IL

A colon cancer screening is an integral part of your preventive care and allows you to be proactive with your digestive health. The accomplished gastroenterologists of Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, provide colon cancer screenings and many other preventive care methods. If you have symptoms or concerns about your digestive system, or if you think you should get a colon cancer screening, book online or call Illinois Gastroenterology Group today.

Colon Cancer Screening Q & A

What is a Colon Cancer Screening?

A colon cancer screening is designed to detect colon cancer and abnormal cells in your colon. Your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider might recommend certain screening tests to look for any indications of colon cancer or noncancerous colon polyps, even for healthy people with no symptoms.

If you have an average risk of colon cancer, screenings are recommended to begin at around age 50. If you have an increased risk, you might need to begin screening sooner.

What Does a Colon Cancer Screening Involve?

Different screening options are available. Your provider can discuss the screening in detail, so you know what to expect.

  • Blood Tests: No blood test can determine that you have colon cancer, but blood testing can give your provider clues about your overall health like your kidney and liver function. This is helpful in determining if you have cancer. Your provider can also test your blood for the presence of a chemical that’s sometimes produced by colon cancers (carcinoembryonic antigen).
  • Colonoscopy: During a colonoscopy, your provider uses a long, flexible, slender tube attached to a video camera and monitor to view your colon and rectum. If your provider identifies any suspicious areas, your provider can pass surgical tools through the tube and take biopsies (tissue samples) for analysis. Polyps can also be removed during the same procedure.
  • Sigmoidoscopy: A sigmoidoscopy is similar to a colonoscopy, but the test only looks at the last one-third of your large intestine, so it might miss some cancers that are higher up in your colon. Your provider often uses a stool test and sigmoidoscopy together.
  • Capsule Endoscopy: With capsule endoscopy, you swallow a small, pill-sized camera that takes a video or images of the inside of your intestines. This method isn’t usually used for standard screenings.

What are the Benefits of Colon Cancer Screening?

Colon cancer screening provides many benefits in addition to helping you and your provider determine if you have colon cancer. These include:

  • Can be performed in-office
  • Polyps can often be removed during the procedure before they turn cancerous
  • Shines a light on your digestive health

Colon cancer screenings are now more accurate and effective than ever before. Colon cancer screening is a key part of your preventive health care. Finding colon cancer in the earlier stages gives you the best possible chance for more effective treatment.

If you have questions about colon cancer screening or if you’d like to book your screening, click or call Illinois Gastroenterology Group today.