Colon Cancer Screening
Are you ready to schedule a colonoscopy?
Did you know that getting a colon cancer screening or colonoscopy is the best way to prevent colon cancer? When caught early, colon cancer is highly treatable. If a precancerous polyp or a cancerous tumor is found during your colonoscopy, it can be taken care of right away.
Don’t wait to schedule yours.
If you have questions about scheduling a colonoscopy, call (502) 446-WELL (9355) to speak with a patient navigator.
Is a colon cancer screening expensive?
Most insurance, including Medicare, covers all or most of the cost of screening. Check with your insurance provider before scheduling to understand any costs you may have.
How difficult is the prep?
Preparing for a colonoscopy has gotten easier in recent years. Call (502) 446-WELL (9355) to learn about available prep options.
Will I have to take time off from work?
Depending on the prep you use, you may not need to stay home all day, although you will have to take the next day off for a colonoscopy. You can go back to your usual schedule on the day after your colonoscopy. If taking time off is difficult, consider prepping on a day you normally have off (such as Sunday for a Monday appointment). Saturday appointments may be available as an added convenience.
Ways to lower your risk for colon cancer:
- Don’t smoke
- Eat less red and processed meats
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Exercise most days of the week
- Maintain a healthy weight
Colon cancer screening options
Other colon cancer screening options are available for those who qualify. Talk to your health provider about which option is best for you and may be covered by your insurance. The best screening is the one that you and your provider decide is right for you.
Norton Healthcare offers the following additional colon cancer screening options:
- Fecal immunochemical test (FIT): Stool is collected and sent to a lab to look for blood
- Cologuard: Stool is collected and sent to a lab to look for DNA changes and hidden blood.
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