Colon Cancer tests
Colon Cancer

Tests could include:

  • Colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a thin, flexible camera to check for abnormalities or disease in your lower intestine or colon, which is the lowest portion of the gastrointestinal tract and is attached to the anus. A colonoscopy can be done a...
  • The colon helps your body absorb water and nutrients from the food you eat. It is also where your stool is formed. The last third of your colon is called the sigmoid colon, or the descending colon. It is connected to the anus by the rectum. While ...
  • A barium enema is a type of X-ray imaging test that allows doctors to examine your lower intestinal tract. It involves delivering a contrast solution that contains the metallic element barium into your rectum while a technician takes X-ray images ...
  • A virtual colonoscopy is used to identify signs of colorectal cancer. It also is used to locate polyps and growths of tissue in the colon and rectum, which may be precancerous. The procedure, also called computed tomographic (CT) colonography, use...
  • Abdominal CT scans are used when a doctor suspects that something is be wrong in the abdominal area but can't find the specifics through a physical examination.
  • In some cases, your doctor may decide that he or she needs a sample of your tissue or your cells to help diagnose an illness or identify a cancer. This removal of tissue or cells is called a biopsy. While a biopsy may sound scary, it's important t...
  • Test and diagnose prostate cancer with a prostate biopsy, a urinanalysis, a digital rectal examination or a physical exam. Learn more!
  • A digital rectal examination (DRE) is a simple procedure doctors use to examine the lower rectum and other internal organs. DRE is done for a number of reasons. For instance, it's a quick, easy way to check the health of a man's prostate gland. Co...
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