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Colorectal Cancer Prevention & Screening

What Is Colorectal Cancer?

You may know colorectal cancer by its more common name of colon cancer. It's cancer of the colon or rectum, and it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. But with regular screenings, approximately 60% of these deaths can be prevented.

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Our Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

Rochester Regional Health's Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Screening Program is exclusively designed to educated and help prevent colorectal cancer in men and women. Our board-certified gastroenterologists work closely with experienced colorectal surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists to form a multidisciplinary team aimed at preventing and treating colorectal cancer.

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Screening Procedures for Colorectal Cancer

To aid in the prevention and early diagnosis of colorectal cancer, Rochester Regional Health's colorectal screening clinic provides screening tests and procedures to detect polyps, lesions, and other abnormalities that may develop into cancer.

Types of tests performed at our cancer screening clinic include:

  • Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) - This test is used to detect blood in the stool that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Samples from 1 to 3 bowel movements are collected and analyzed.
  • Colonoscopy - A simple, routine, and safe procedure performed under sedation in which your doctor uses a long tube with a light and camera to detect polyps in your colon. Abnormal growths and polyps can be removed or biopsied during the procedure.
  • CT Virtual Colonoscopy - An alternative to a colonoscopy, this test uses a special x-ray to obtain 3-D images of your colon and rectum. The images show any polyps or other abnormalities in the colon.
  • Double Contrast Barium Enema - An x-ray procedure in which your doctor administers an enema with a barium solution, which coats the colon and highlights any abnormalities.

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Treatment Options for Colorectal Cancer

If caught early, colorectal cancer can be successfully treated. Your unique treatment will depend on factors such as your general health, the site of your tumor and the stage of diagnosis.

Treatment options offered by the experts at Rochester Regional Health include:

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Diagnosis

If you've been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, your doctor will order tests to determine the extent (stage) of your cancer. Staging helps determine what treatments are most appropriate for you.

  • Stage 0 - This is the earliest stage possible, also called the local stage. Cancer hasn't moved from where it started; it's still restricted to the innermost lining of the colon.
  • Stage I - Cancer has begun to spread, but is still in the inner lining.
  • Stage II - Many of these cancers have grown through the wall of the colon and may extend into nearby tissue. They have not yet spread to the lymph nodes.
  • Stage III - Cancer has spread to lymph nodes, but has not been carried to distant parts of the body.
  • Stage IV - Cancer has been carried through the lymph system to distant parts of the body, most commonly the lungs and liver.

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