A colonoscopy isn’t your only option
Colon cancer screenings are essential to ensure your body stays healthy and to uncover any early signs of colorectal cancer. The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Overland Park Regional Medical Center recommends flexible sigmoidoscopy (which checks the rectum and lower section of the colon) every five years or a colonoscopy (which checks the rectum and whole colon) every 10 years for patients 50 years or older.
A colonoscopy is the gold standard of colon screening but we know that many people are hesitant about the procedure. That’s why at Overland Park Regional Medical Center we’ve got your backside. Depending on your medical history and risk factors, there are other cancer screening options in the Overland Park, Kansas area.
Options for Colon Cancer Detection
- Digital rectal exam – Checks for abnormalities. This test can identify almost half of colon cancers and can usually be completed by a primary care doctor in south Johnson County
- Fecal occult blood test – This is a lab test used to look for blood in your poop. You can talk to a general doctor near you about this test
- Stool DNA test – A lab test used to look for DNA changes in cells. It can also look for blood in your stool. This test can usually be ordered by your primary physician
- X-ray of the large intestine or barium enema – This is a picture of your colon and can help to identify polyps
- Biopsy – This is when a tissue sample is removed from your colon and sent for analysis
- Virtual colonoscopy – This is a CT scan used to check forcolon polyps
For more information call (913) 541-5562.
High-Risk Colon Cancer Care
The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Overland Park Regional Medical Center offers a High-Risk Gastrointestinal Cancer Clinic. Our high-risk clinic provides you with the information you need to make an informed choice regarding additional colorectal cancer screenings, diagnostics and prevention.
Am I at risk for colon cancer?
- Early stage colon cancer is usually void of symptoms. That’s why routine colorectal screening is your best defense.. But outside of that, there are still things you can do to lower your risk. While some risk factors are not controllable, you do have the ability to make lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk. Age - 50 years and older
- Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle Diet - Red and processed meats could contribute to your likelihood of developing cancer. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains have been linked to a lower risk
- Family history of colon cancer
- Heavy alcohol use Type 2 diabetes
- Race – African-Americans and Native Americans are at higher risk
Aim for 1,000-1,200 milligrams per day of calcium and about 1,000 international units (IU) per day of vitamin D to help protect against colon cancer