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.
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:
Cancer elsewhere in the body
A family history of colon cancer
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.