Overview

Proper diet and exercise can go a long way toward helping maintain your colon health. By limiting red meat and sugar and increasing fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, you can greatly improve the odds of suffering colon cancer. Your doctor and/or Mercy Health dieticians can help you come up with a food strategy that helps prevent colon problems.

Our experts recommend colon cancer screening for you once you turn 50, or earlier if you have a higher risk.  The following conditions make your risk higher than average:

  • A personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps
  • A personal history of ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
  • A strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps

Several colon cancer screening options exist, including stool test you can do at home, or colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or CT colonography at a doctor's office, clinic or hospital. Talk to your doctor about which test works best for you. All of the tests help find indications of colon cancer – and the earlier the detection, the easier to treat.

Services We Offer

  • Colonoscopy, uses thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera to look for signs of ulcers, polyps and tumors in your large intestine, or colon. Doctors may remove tissue samples or abnormal growths for cancer testing.
  • CT colonography, employs pictures from a CT scan to look at the colon.
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy, uses a lighted tube that can bend around the corners of the colon.
  • High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT), looks for blood in your stool at microscopic levels.
 
Why Choose Mercy Health?
Our team at Mercy Health uses the latest and most effective therapies available, and are qualified to assist patients in making personalized decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment through education, intervention and continual evaluation. Providing quality care with compassion isn’t just with something we say — it’s what we do every day to help you be well.

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