The science of health and wellness continues to advance in terms of treatments and cures, but one of the most reliable ways to detect and manage cancer in the earliest stages remains regular screenings, or medical tests that can detect the presence of cancer. At Gastrointestinal Specialists in Bala Cynwyd, PA, our team of doctors recommends all of our patients eventually undergo a colon cancer screening. If you’re not sure when you might need to schedule one, you’ve come to the right place!

What is a colon cancer screening?

When people hear that they need a colon cancer screening, they often assume they'll be scheduling a colonoscopy. While a colonoscopy, in which the intestines are viewed through a small lighted tube, is a very common test, the doctors at G.I. Specialists in Bala Cynwyd offer other tests available that can also detect the presence of colon cancer and precancerous conditions.

When do I need a colon cancer screening?

Most people should have a colonoscopy or other type of colon cancer screening by the time they have reached age 50. These screenings are typically performed once every five to ten years. However, your Bala Cynwyd gastroenterologist may recommend earlier screenings if you have a history of colon cancer or if someone in your immediate family has been diagnosed with it. People within the subset typically need to have screenings more often than those who do not carry this risk factor. People who have chronic G.I. issues such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease may also need earlier or more frequent screenings. Discussing your full medical history at your initial appointment will help determine the schedule that works best for you and your unique health issues.

Gastrointestinal Specialists have office locations in Bala Cynwyd, Langhorne, and Philadelphia, PA, so contact the location closest to you for convenient and caring attention to any gastrointestinal issue you may have.