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Colon Cancer Screening and Tests

Learn about colon cancer screening tests including colonoscopy, double contrast barium enema (DCBE), virtual colonoscopy (CT colonography), flexible sigmoidoscopy, fecal occult blood test (FOBT), fecal immunochemical test, and stool DNA tests.

What is a Colon Biopsy?
The definitive test for colon cancer is a colon biopsy. Learn how this exam is performed, why your doctor ordered it, and what will happen during your procedure.

Diagnosis of Colon Cancer
Information for individuals and loved ones facing the diagnosis, staging and treatment of colon cancer.

Current Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines
A description of current colon cancer screening guidelines.

How Reliable are DNA Stool Tests?
DNA stool testing is a fairly new and easy way to detect cancer in the colon. However, learn how accurate these tests are when compared to the golden standard -- the endoscopic colonoscopy.

Proper Colonoscopy Preparation
The colonoscopy bowel prep may be the most dreaded part of this vital screening exam. Learn how to mitigate the discomfort, what the prep entails and breeze through your bowel prep.

How Not to Dread a Colonoscopy
Know what to expect and how to prepare for your upcoming colonoscopy.

What is a Colonoscopy?
Information on what to expect before and during the colonocopsy test.

Low Residue Diet Tips
Eating a low residue diet might be advised if your colon is healing after surgery or in preparation for a colonoscopy. Learn what you can and can't eat -- and why.

Virtual Colonoscopy
The virtual colonoscopy is a screening exam used to detect colon cancer. Learn more about this minimally invasive, fast test that detects colon cancer.

How Do I Prepare For a Colonoscopy?
Learn about the importance of properly preparing for a colonoscopy examination.

Colon Cancer Screening
Colon cancer screening tests can save lives by finding polyps early, before they can turn cancerous. Learn about the recommended guidelines to learn when you should begin your colon cancer screening.

Filing Insurance Claims
Start here if you need to file a claim with your health insurance provider. Learn how to deal with the paperwork and successfully obtain payment for your colon cancer screening procedures.

Making the Most out of Your Doctor's Visit
Learn how to make the most out of your doctor's visit. If you are fighting colon cancer Just as you have certain rights as a patient, you are also encumbered with a number of patient responsibilities. To make the most out of your brief physician encounters

PET Scans
PET scans are frequently used to diagnose organ-specific diseases, such as problems in the heart or brain, and to find cancer (metastasis or recurrence) at the cellular level. Learn more about this non-invasive test and find out what to expect on test day.

Genetic Cancer Testing
Genetic screening tests for cancer are becoming increasingly accessible and affordable, but are they right for you? Learn what the results might tell you.

What's a Bowel Perforation?
A bowel perforation is one of the rare risks of some colon screening exams, such as the colonoscopy. Learn the symptoms and treatment of this potentially life-threatening complication.

What Happens on the Day of my Colon Cancer Screening?
Learn what to expect on the day of your colon cancer screening examination.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Information on what to expect before and during the flexible sigmoidoscopy test.

Double Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE)
Information on what to expect before and during the double contrast barium enema (DCBE) test.

Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)
Information on what to expect before and during the fecal occult blood test (FOBT).

Are There Any Other Colon Cancer Screening Tests?
Information on other colon cancer screening methods, including CT colonography, the fecal immunochemical test, the stool DNA test, and a new colon cancer blood test.

Managing Radiation Therapy Side Effects
Radiation therapy is used to shrink tumors, reduce pain and stop cancer growth. Radiation therapy employs high doses or radiation, either internally or externally, to kill cancer cells, but healthy cells are also damaged. Learn what symptoms to watch for and how to increase your comfort during therapy.

How Not to Dread Colon Cancer Screening
Information on what to expect when preparing for a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or double contrast barium enema (DCBE) test, plus tips on how to make this process easier.

What Steps Do I Take Two Days Before Colon Cancer Screening?
Learn how to prepare for colon cancer screening during the two days before your scheduled examination.

What Steps Do I Take the Week Before Colon Cancer Screening?
Learn how to prepare for colon cancer screening during the week before your scheduled examination.

What Steps Do I Take the Day Before Colon Cancer Screening?
Learn how to prepare for colon cancer screening during the day before your scheduled examination.

What is C Reactive Protein?
What is c reactive protein? Should you have your c reactive protein levels checked? Get the facts on c reactive protein so you can make smart decisions about your health.

Genetic Testing for Colon Cancer
Genetic testing for colon cancer may identify people who are at an increased risk for developing the disease. Positive genetic testing results may encourage early screening exams and enhanced vigilance to prevent the disease.

Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA)
Tumor markers are an invaluable tool in monitoring colon cancer, but they are not infallible. Learn more about CEA and other blood tests used to watch for tumor growth, metastasis and a recurrence of colon cancer.

Preparing for Screening Exams
Screening exams for colon cancer can induce anxiety in even the bravest of souls. You may be concerned about the preparation, the test itself or the pending results. Learn more about each type of test, from blood test to colonoscopy, to help mitigate your anxiety.

Preparing for a Colonoscopy

 Prior to your colonoscopy appointment there is much to do. You need to complete a bowel preparation and possibly stop some of your prescription medications. Make sure to follow your doctors instructions to the letter.

What is Diverticular Disease?
You've just had your first colonoscopy. Although you are cancer-free, your doctor found diverticulosis. Learn more about the causes, treatment and complications of this benign bowel disease.

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