Early detection is integral to effective colon cancer treatment. This video explains the screening procedures that hospitals can use to find this disease.
Colonoscopy is one of the most common tools used for colon cancer detection. This test introduces a small camera into the colon that can provide images of its tissues for doctors to evaluate. Because colon cancer often develops from colon polyps, a colonoscopy can find polyps and remove them before they present a greater danger. Patients can also undergo a sigmoidoscopy, which is similar to a colonoscopy. While a colonoscopy scans the entire colon, a sigmoidoscopy focuses on the part of the colon closest to the rectum.
Do you have more questions about how physicians scan for colon cancer? Call Memorial Hospital of Tampa at (813) 873-6400 to learn more about our colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy services.