Colon Cancer Screenings
What are colon cancer screenings?
Colon cancer screenings, also known as colorectal cancer screenings, are tests that are used to detect different types of cancer in the colon. Studies show that some screening tests for colorectal cancer help to identify the cancer at an early stage, which may decrease the number of deaths from the disease.* Two types of tests that are used to screen for colon cancer are:
- Fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
Dr. Nick Sarrimanolis performs colonoscopies at an outpatient facility in Fairbanks, Alaska. To learn more about colonoscopy, click here. If you would like to discuss the procedure, or colon cancer in general, please request an appointment today. The fecal occult blood test checks stool for blood that can only be seen with a microscope. A small stool sample is sent to our lab for testing. Blood in your stool may be a sign of polyps, cancer or another condition.
When will I need to schedule a colorectal cancer screening?
If you are already a patient at our practice, Dr. Sarrimanolis or another provider on staff will let you know if you need to schedule a colorectal cancer screening. If you are new to our practice, colon cancer screenings are recommended to people who are at risk of colon cancer. Diabetes and obesity both increase the risk of colon cancer, although the exact cause is unknown. If you are obese or have diabetes and feel you are at risk for colorectal cancer, schedule an appointment to get expert medical advice and evaluation.
Schedule your appointment in central Alaska
To schedule your appointment at our medical practice in Fairbanks, give us a call at (907) 451-1174. Our providers are happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you have. The sooner colon cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat. We are committed to providing you with quality care so that you can live a full, healthy life. Request your appointment online using the form on our website to get started.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.