Colorectal cancer: Are you at risk?
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cancer killer, but it's also the most preventable cancer - when it's caught early. In almost all cases, early diagnosis can lead to a complete cure.
To find out your colon cancer risk, take our free online colon cancer risk assessment.There is no single cause of colon cancer. Nearly all colon cancers begin as benign polyps, which slowly develop into cancer. The best way to detect polyps in their earliest and most treatable stage is through a colonoscopy. Having your screening colonoscopy done by a trained physician is important to ensure your procedure is done thoroughly and safely.
Additionally, to encourage early detection and treatment, Norton Healthcare Centers for Prevention & Wellness is offering free in-home colon cancer screening kits. This diagnostic tool detects the presence of small amounts of blood in the stool that can come from small polyps or early-stage colon cancer. Kits are mailed back to Norton Healthcare, and those with positive results are provided with information about next steps and scheduling a colonoscopy. Those who choose to use the screening kit instead of a colonoscopy need to repeat it every year.
Request a colon cancer screening kit now or call (502) 899-6842.
Michael F. Driscoll, M.D., medical oncologist at Norton Cancer Institute, answers some of the most common questions about colon cancer.
You have a higher risk for colon cancer if you have:
- Colorectal polyps
- Cancer elsewhere in the body
- A family history of colon cancer
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn's disease
- Personal history of breast cancer
Certain genetic cancer syndromes also increase the risk for developing colon cancer. Norton Cancer Institute offers a full range of genetic counseling services. Call (502) 629-GENE for information or to schedule an appointment with one of our genetic counselors.
Schedule your colonoscopy
To schedule your screening colonoscopy, call one of these Norton Healthcare physician groups.
Norton Gastroenterology Consultants of Louisville
Edward C. Adler, M.D.
Bhargab M. Dixit, M.D.
Rajesh A. Joseph, M.D.
Martin Mark, M.D.
Gerard Siciliano, M.D.
|Norton Surgical Specialists – Louisville General Surgery
C. Matthew Brown, M.D.
Robert E. Darnell, M.D.
R. Craig DeWeese, M.D.
Stephen J. Kelty, M.D.
Gregory B. Strothman, M.D.