Colorectal Cancer Screening
- Schedule a Screening
To schedule a colorectal screening, contact a provider near you:
- College Station: 979-691-3616
- Killeen: 254-618-1400
- Round Rock: 512-509-8200
- Taylor: 512-352-7611
- Temple: 254-724-2265
- Waco: 254-761-4444
It’s one of those topics no one wants to think about, let alone discuss, but colorectal cancer is a curable disease if diagnosed and treated early. Since there are very few symptoms associated with colorectal cancer, regular screening is essential.
Screening is beneficial for two main reasons:
- Colorectal cancer is extremely preventable if polyps that lead to the cancer are detected and removed
- Colorectal cancer is very curable when detected in its early stages
"If the cancer is detected and treated in the earliest stages, between 80 and 90 percent of patients can be cured. However, the cure rate drops to 50 percent and less when diagnosed in the later stages," explains colorectal surgeon Harry T. Papaconstantinou, MD. Early detection can also decrease the need for radiation, chemotherapy or surgery.
Who Should Be Screened
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. Learn more about risk factors.
Scott & White offers a variety of methods used to detect colon cancer. Your physician may order one or more of the following tests:
- Fecal occult blood testing (also called stool guaiac testing) — A simple chemical test that can detect hidden blood in the stool.
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy — A visual examination of the rectum and lower portion of the colon, performed in a doctor's office.
- Double contrast barium enema — A special x-ray of the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum.
- Colonoscopy — A visual examination of the entire colon. (Dreading a colonscopy? Find out why a colonscopy may not be as bad as you think »)
- Digital rectal exam — An examination of the lower rectum to check for abnormalities.