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By Vikram Jayanty, M.D. PA
July 19, 2021
Category: GI Care

Colon cancer screenings are an important part of preventive healthcare. Getting a screening for a condition takes place even before a person is experiencing symptoms. That way, the doctors can detect any warning signs early enough to treat the disease before it advances. Screenings help save lives.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends getting a colon cancer screening regularly once you turn 45. However, there may be other circumstances that lead you to need screenings before then. If you are due for a colon cancer screening in Houston, TX, or are unsure if you need one, reach out to Dr. Vikram Jayanty.

Types of Screenings

Your doctor can utilize a few different methods for your colon cancer screening, which will be specific to you and your needs. However, here are a few of the most common types of colon cancer screenings:

  • Stool tests
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • CT colonography

You and your gastroenterologist, Dr. Jayanty, will discuss these methods for colon cancer screenings in Houston, TX, to decide which will be best for you.

How To Know If You Need A Screening

If you are over the age of 45, you should be regularly screened for colon cancer. However, if you or a close relative have had colon cancer or colorectal polyps in the past, your doctor may recommend you get screened for colon cancer even before you turn 45, and possibly more often than most. Additionally, if you have an inflammatory bowel disease or a genetic condition, such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or Lynch syndrome, you may also need to be screened early and often.

If you feel you may be at a higher risk for colon cancer, talk to Dr. Jayanty today about a colon cancer screening in Houston, TX. We can be reached at (713) 932-9200 for questions or to make an appointment today!