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PALESTINE, June 18, 2014— Colorectal cancer may affect anyone, but the risk increases with age. Those with highest risk include those who are 50 years of age and over; Have a personal or family history of benign colorectal polyps; Have a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, And/or have a personal or family history of ovarian, endometrial, or breast cancer.
Screening tests for colorectal testing includes the following:
Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) - This is a test that checks for occult (hidden) blood in the stool. The doctor sends a kit home with the patient who collects three daily samples and returns them to the doctor for testing. It is inexpensive and widely available.
Flexible sigmoidoscopy - This is an examination in which a doctor looks at the inside of the rectum and lower portion of the colon through a flexible, lighted tube. The doctor may remove some polyps and collect tissue or cell samples for closer examination.
Colonoscopy - This is an examination in which a doctor looks at the inside of the rectum and entire colon through a flexible, lighted tube. The doctor may remove some polyps and collect a sample of tissue or cells for closer examination.
Double contrast Barium Enema - In this test, a doctor fills the colon with a barium solution, most of which is then removed. The colon is partially filled with air, creating an X-ray that is easy for the doctor to read.
Current American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines recommend the following for people age 50 and over who are not high risk:
For more information, contact Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living at 903-729-7505.
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