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Types of Colorectal Cancer Screenings

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Types of Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Different Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Over 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed each year. Unfortunately, colorectal cancer doesn’t tend to show any signs or symptoms during its early stages, making it essential for adults to get screened regularly.

When it comes to effectively treating colorectal cancer, early detection is key. Here’s what you should know about the various ways you can stay on top of your health with these cancer screenings.

Stool Screenings

One of the ways that your healthcare team can check for signs of colorectal cancer is with various stool tests. Three different types of stool screenings include:

  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
  • FIT-DNA test
  • Guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT)

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure where an endoscope— a thin, flexible camera—is inserted into the anus and fed into the rectum and lower third of the colon. During this screening process, your doctor is able to check for polyps, growths, and other abnormalities.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a procedure where a colonoscope—a flexible tube with a light and camera at the end—is inserted into the anus and your surgeon is able to examine the inside of the rectum and colon during this procedure. If any polyps or growth are found, your surgical care team is able to remove them for biopsy.

Healthy people, age 45 and older, with an average risk for colon cancer, can schedule a colonoscopy without the inconvenience of an initial office visit. Fill out the online pre-registration form and one of our nurses will contact you within two business days.

Robotic Surgery in Jackson, Wilson, and Teton County

At St. John's Health, we are dedicated to providing ever-advancing individualized care. Our highly skilled surgeons use state-of-the-art robotics to assist with various surgeries in Jackson, WY. Robotics allows surgeons to be more precise, and carry out minimally invasive procedures that help patients to feel better, faster.

Some of the available robotic-assisted surgeries available at St. John's Health include:

  • Colorectal
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Endometriosis Resection
  • Benign Hysterectomy
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Prostate Surgery

Talk to your surgical care team today to discuss your robot-assisted surgery options at St. John's Health.