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Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute

Colon Cancer




Screening is your best protection

At its earliest and most curable stage, colorectal cancer shows no symptoms. Because most colorectal cancers develop from polyps, the initial goal of a colonoscopy is to detect and remove polyps before they become cancerous. Click here to learn more about colonoscopy.

While colonoscopy is the “gold standard” for colorectal cancer screening because it can be used to identify and remove polyps, other methods are also available.

  • Sigmoidoscopy - allows polyp removal and detection of cancer in the lower left portion of the colon.
  • CT colonoscopy (virtual colonoscopy) - using a CT scanner to take images of the entire bowel
  • Double contrast barium enema - a detailed x-ray of the rectum and colon
  • Stool tests - to detect blood or abnormal DNA in the stool

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