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Colon Cancer Screenings / Colonoscopy

Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, and men and women are equally at risk. The good news is that colon cancer can be prevented or detected early, and death from colon cancer can be prevented if screening is done on a regular basis.

The American Cancer Society, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, and several other organizations agree and recommend screening for colorectal cancer for men and women beginning at the age of 50.

The Affordable Care Act requires a colorectal cancer screening. Medicare covers preventative services including colorectal screening. Most private insurances cover the cost of colorectal screening, but it is recommended to check your health plan for details on any potential costs to you.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a procedure used to evaluate the inside of the colon. A colonoscope’s tip is inserted into the anus, slowly advanced under visual control on to the rectum and through the colon.

There are several reasons why a colonoscopy might be performed:

  • Blood in stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Abnormality found on colonic x-rays or CT scans
  • Individuals with a previous history of polyps or colon cancer as well as family history.

PLEASE NOTE: Screening for colorectal cancer is generally recommended starting at age 50. However, screening guidelines can vary based on your personal and family history, your race, and other factors.

 


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As a part of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Scott & White Healthcare, Hillcrest General Surgery in Waco, Texas strives to provide excellence in patient care through providing comprehensive general surgery services in the Central Texas Area.