Short Explanation of Colon Cancer Testing

There are usually five different colon cancer tests that are given to people. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, as each one has a different focus. WWLibrary

When you see a doctor he/she can tell you which colon cancer test is right for you. In the mean time here is a list of the types of colon cancer tests that are administered most often.

Note that a test of this regard is often referred to as a “screening.” This describes the intention which is to make sure nothing is wrong.

Screening Options

You can have one of a variety of tests done. This is a brief description of the different types of colon cancer screening that is done today (Warning-may not present the most pleasant image in your mind):

Colonoscopy-This usually involves the insertion of a flexible tube into the anus. Usually it is inserted all the way through the rectum up to the end of the colon. You can watch the inside of this portion of your body on a television camera. Another variation of this test is the “virtual colonoscopy” which does the same thing but requires no insertion of a tube through your anus.

Sigmoidoscopy-This is a procedure that allows you to see the lower portion of you colon. It does not show you what is going on as far as the colonoscopy would. It is more affordable though and would allow you to witness any immediate problems.

Stool testing-Two different types of screening of the stools include fecal occult testing which involves using a chemical reaction. The purpose of this is to help detect hidden blood in the stool. DNA testing is another method of examining the stools.

Barium enema-This is a device similar to an enema used to receive a colon cleansing by way of the anus. However, in this case the end result is to fill your insides with a solution called barium sulfate. This procedure helps make it easier to notice any problems in the colon.

Screening Guidelines

Usually people between the ages of 50 and 75 are recommended receiving colon cancer screening. There are many methods by which to do this but the five above are among the most popular way to safeguard against the worsening of this disease.

Getting tested helps reduce risk of dying of colon cancer by 90%. Likewise, a majority of patients who are diagnosed early are more likely to be cured.