Gastroenterology Associates, L.L.P.
1249 Ambler Ave
Abilene, TX 79601
(325) 677-2626

Colon Cancer Screening

 Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States.  Colon cancer is preventable and frequently curable.

Colon cancer can occur with no symptoms. That is why regular screening is so important, even if you are feeling fine.

Medicare now covers preventive colon cancers creening for individuals

not meeting high-risk criteria.  Medicare will pay for average risk patients to have a colonoscopy every ten years.

The following symptoms might indicate colorectal cancer: 

  • A change in bowel habits - diarrhea or constipation
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blood in stool
  • Anemia
  • Narrower than normal stool or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
  • Abdominal discomfort (gas, bloating, fullness, cramps)

Who should be screened for colon cancer?

Everyone age 50 or older.  High-risk groups: Family history of inherited forms of colon cancer, history of inflammatory bowel disease, and personal or family history of colon cancer or polyps.