Colon Cancer Surgery Patient
Colon cancer can be prevented with screening because it’s highly treatable when caught early. The American Cancer Society recommends that adults without a family history should begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45.
Most colorectal cancers begin as benign (non-cancerous) clumps of cells, known as polyps, which can develop into cancer over time. Since polyps often have no symptoms, regular screening through colonoscopy is a very effective way to prevent and treat cancer early on. At Northwest Institute for Digestive Surgery, our team of experts provide outpatient cancer screenings in a reassuring setting. Your health and comfort are our utmost concern.
Ask your health care provider about your risk.
The surgeons at Northwest Institute for Digestive Surgery are trained in the entire spectrum of benign and malignant digestive diseases. All of our specialists have completed accredited fellowship training programs. Fellowship training is beyond what is required in standard residency training and is the highest level of surgical training attainable. Our surgeons have completed this rigorous training to become the highest level experts in the medical and surgical aspects of gastrointestinal diseases. Call to make an appointment.
|If you||You should|
|Are age 45 to 75 and are at average risk||Get screened regularly|
|Are age 76 to 85 and are at average risk||Talk with your provider about whether to continue screenings|
|Have inflammatory bowel disease||Talk with your provider about screenings before the age of 45|
|Have a personal or family history of colon cancer, polyps,
ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
|Talk with your provider about screenings before the age of 45|
|Are experiencing symptoms||Talk with your provider immediately|
Most insurance carriers cover a routine colonoscopy. For more answers about whether your carrier will cover your colonoscopy please call us at (208) 262-0945 and a member of our team will work with you to help explain your benefits.
Our surgeons are board-certified, fellowship-trained experts in their field, published authors, and key thought leaders. They are the forefront of the latest research and treatment approaches in order to provide our patients with the very best surgical care possible.
There are several diagnostic options available. Please talk to your primary care provider about which option is best for you.
A colonoscopy (koe-lun-OS-kuh-pee) is an exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. During a colonoscopy, a long, flexible tube (colonoscope) is inserted into the rectum. A tiny video camera at the tip of the tube allows the doctor to view the inside of the entire colon. If necessary, polyps or other types of abnormal tissue can be removed through the scope during a colonoscopy. Tissue samples (biopsies) can be taken during a colonoscopy as well.
Cologuard is intended to screen adults 45 years of age and older who are at average risk for colorectal cancer by detecting certain DNA markers and blood in the stool. Do not use if you have had adenomas, have inflammatory bowel disease and certain hereditary syndromes, or a personal or family history of colorectal cancer. Cologuard is not a replacement for colonoscopy in high-risk patients. Cologuard performance in adults ages 45-49 is estimated based on a large clinical study of patients 50 and older.