What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer Screening
March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Join Denver Health as we INCREASE awareness of colon cancer and DECREASE your risk
Colon cancer is unique.
Even though it is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, it is also one of the most preventable and most treatable forms of cancer. And the best way to reduce your risk is by getting screened. Getting screened is the number one way to reduce your risk. Insurance covers preventable screenings!
Colon Cancer Screening Options
At the Denver Health Digestive Health Clinic, we offer two ways to screen for colon cancer:
At Home Testing Kit - Your primary care physician can give you a home testing kit, which tests your stool for bloor. If your test comes back positive, then you need to get a colonoscopy.
Get Referred for a Colonoscopy - A colonoscopy finds small growths called “polyps” – before they turn into cancer and removes them. A colonoscopy is a safe test done in one visit to the Denver Health Digestive Health Clinic. Watch our 2-minute video to learn more on how to prep for a colonoscopy, then call your primary care physician to be referred for a colonoscopy. If you don't have a primary care physician, or don't know who your primary care physician is, call (303) 436-6000 for help.
A few differences between the At Home Testing Kit and a Colonoscopy are:
- With a colonoscopy, if your colon is healthy, you won’t have to get another colonoscopy for 10 years.
- With an at home testing kit, you need to test your stool for blood once a year and if it is positive, you will need to have a colonoscopy.
- An at home testing kit only requires you to test your stool for blood so it is less likely to detect small polyps, which can eventually turn into cancer.