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Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cancer killer, but it’s also one of the most preventable cancers when caught early. Nearly all cases that are diagnosed early can lead to a complete cure.  

There is no single cause of colon cancer. Most 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 a screening colonoscopy performed by a trained physician is important to ensure your procedure is done thoroughly and safely.

Cologuard is a new screening option for those age 50 and older at low to moderate risk for developing colon cancer. Norton Healthcare is the first in the Louisville area to offer this new stool DNA screening test for colorectal cancer, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in August 2014. Cologuard does not require medication, dietary restrictions or bowel preparation prior to taking the test. However, a colonoscopy will be recommended if the Cologuard test results come back positive.

To find a Norton Healthcare provider who offers Cologuard or to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterology physician, call (502) 629-1234.

Learn your risk for colon cancer

To find out your colon cancer risk, take our free online colon cancer risk assessment.

Thomas Woodcock, M.D. talks about Cologuard.

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
(502) 896-4711

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
(502) 899-6470

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.

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