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Colon Cancer Test Information
Reliable colon cancer test options are provided at Moffitt Cancer Center. As a high-volume cancer center, our physicians have ample experience screening, diagnosing and treating all types of colorectal cancers. We provide colonoscopies and other screening services to patients who want to be proactive about their colon health.
A colon cancer test can detect the earliest signs of cancerous activity, long before it causes any noticeable symptoms. And, as with most other cancers, an early diagnosis can lead to a better prognosis and quality of life. Screening can also detect benign (noncancerous) polyps that can eventually become cancerous.
It is recommended that individuals between the ages of 50 and 75 undergo regular colon cancer screening. However, people with certain risk factors are encouraged to begin screening at a younger age. Some factors that warrant colon cancer testing include:
- Having a personal or family history of colon polyps or colorectal cancer
- Being African American
- Having certain inherited syndromes, such as Lynch syndrome and adenomatous polyposis
- Having inflammatory intestinal diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
In the event that a colon cancer screening shows signs of malignancy, Moffitt’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program provides comprehensive treatment from a multispecialty team of medical oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and other medical experts and supportive care professionals, all of whom specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer.