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Colorectal Cancer Screenings
The goal of a colorectal cancer screening is to detect cancer at the earliest possible stage when it is most treatable.
Colorectal Cancer Screenings
Colorectal cancer often materializes without symptoms or symptoms that may resemble other conditions, such as infections, hemorrhoids and inflammatory bowel disease. For this reason, screenings are an important way to stay proactive.
Inspira’s Approach to Colorectal Cancer Screening
Colorectal cancer screenings can be conducted through a colonoscopy [link] or stool-based test. Colonoscopies are considered the gold standard of colorectal cancer screening and should be chosen whenever possible.
The American Cancer Society recommends men and women follow one of the following examination schedules after they turn 45 years old:
- Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year
- Guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) every year
- Stool DNA test every three years
Visual (Structural) Exams
- Colonoscopy every 10 years
- CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every five years
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years
Candidates for Early Screening
Individuals with any of the following colorectal cancer risk factors should begin screening procedures at an earlier age and/or be screened more often. If you have any of the following risk factors, talk with your doctor.
- Strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps in a first-degree relative, especially in a parent or sibling before the age of 45 or in two first-degree relatives of any age
- Family with hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes, such as familial adenomatous polyposis and hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer
- Personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps
- Personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
- Personal history of radiation to the abdomen or pelvic area to treat a prior cancer
Inspira is proud to offer a high risk cancer program for anyone at high risk for hereditary colorectal cancer. This may include free screenings, surveillance programs or genetic testing.
Why Choose Inspira for Cancer Screening
Inspira’s oncology physicians take a multidisciplinary approach to detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer by looking at your condition from a holistic perspective. Whether you’re just beginning treatment or a cancer-free survivor, we take everything—genetics, lifestyle habits and other risk factors—into account when designing your care plan. By treating the whole person rather than just the disease itself, we’re able to offer a more targeted, personalized experience.
Discovering that you have cancer can be frightening and overwhelming. That’s why we provide patient-focused educational information and a built-in support system including dedicated cancer coordinators and physicians, so you don’t have to cope with your diagnosis alone.
Residents of South Jersey need not travel far to get the best in cancer care—with two cancer centers in Southern New Jersey, Inspira delivers a full breadth of cancer services close to where you live. When you’re not distracted by a long commute to your medical provider, you have more energy to focus on what’s important: healing and getting your life back.