About 1 in 3 Americans aren’t up to date with their recommended colon cancer screening. Although missing an occasional test might not seem like a big deal, in the case of colon cancer screening, it could be a deadly mistake. About 60% of colon cancer deaths today could be prevented by having screenings when recommended. At Gastroenterology Consultants of West Houston, PLLC in Katy, Texas, board-certified gastroenterologist Hyon Kang, DO, can help you prevent colon cancer. Book an appointment online or by phone today.
Colon cancer screening is essential for two reasons. First, it identifies cancer early, when it's easiest to treat. Secondly, in some cases, screening can prevent colon cancer entirely.
During a screening, Dr. Kang identifies polyps within your colon. Polyps are growths in your colon lining that can turn into colon cancer. Dr. Kang can remove polyps promptly to keep you from getting colon cancer.
Dr. Kang makes an individualized recommendation based on your risk factors. These risk factors include:
Because many of these factors are controllable, it’s critical to work with Dr. Kang to minimize your risk. A few lifestyle changes right now could keep you from developing colon cancer in the future.
There are two basic kinds of colon cancer tests, stool-based tests, and structural tests.
Stool-based tests, including the fecal immunochemical test, guaiac fecal occult blood test, and multi-target stool DNA test, check your stool for signs of polyps, such as traces of blood in your stool.
There are three types of structural tests: flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and computed tomography (CT) colonography. During these tests, Dr. Kang actually views your colon in detail. In a colonoscopy, Dr. Kang can also remove polyps. These procedures happen in a hospital or surgical center and require some preparation, such as laxative or enema use.
The colon cancer screening that’s right for you depends on your health, your preferences, and Dr. Kang’s recommendations. Depending on the type of screening you have and your situation, you might need colon cancer screening yearly, every three years, every five years, or every 10 years.
Colon cancer screening is one of the best ways to be proactive about your colon health and whole-body wellness. Get support and guidance from the area’s leading gastroenterologist by calling Gastroenterology Consultants of West Houston, PLLC or booking online today.