Colon cancer screening at Moffitt Cancer Center consists of many simple, virtually risk-free options for residents of Clearwater, Florida, who want to be proactive about their colon health. Whether in the form of a colonoscopy or a highly-sensitive blood test, participating in regular colon cancer screening can lead to the early detection of precancerous and cancerous abnormal tissue clusters, called polyps. At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, we highly encourage individuals to take advantage of these screenings because generally, the earlier the cancer is detected, the more treatment options a patient has available, increasing the likelihood of achieving a favorable outcome and a higher quality of life.
For most people, it is recommended that regular colon cancer screening begins at the age of 45. However, those who are considered to be at a higher risk of developing colon cancer should consider starting routine screenings at a younger age, as well as having them conducted more often. Higher risk individuals are those who are colon cancer survivors, have a family history of colon cancer or have been diagnosed with:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Lynch syndrome
- Adenomatous polyposis
In the event that a patient’s colon cancer screening reveals a precancerous or cancerous lesion, he or she will have immediate access to the multispecialty team within our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program, who will study the specifics of the patient’s case and develop an individualized treatment plan. Additionally, because we are a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Moffitt patients may also have the opportunity to participate in one of our clinical trials for colon cancer treatment, which utilize innovative medications and procedures that are not yet available elsewhere.