Digestive Diseases

Colorectal Screening

Colonoscopies from New York’s Top Doctors

Experts recommend colon cancer screenings starting at age 45

Colorectal cancer, often referred to as colon cancer, is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, but it does not have to be. This disease is largely preventable and highly curable with recommended colon cancer screening.

Direct-Access Colorectal Cancer Screening

NewYork-Presbyterian has simplified the process for colon and rectal cancer screening by offering patients the opportunity to complete a pre-screening questionnaire over the phone or to have an assessment via televisit instead of having to come to the hospital. Our team will review the questionnaire and inform you on your eligibility to schedule your colonoscopy without a prior office visit. Due to the more efficient process, you can obtain an appointment in one week at some of our locations.

Prevention & Early Detection

Screening refers to testing that is done before symptoms are present. These tests allow the detection of early colon cancer when it is highly curable, as well as the detection of growths, called polyps, which can turn into cancer. In removing a pre-cancerous polyp, colon cancer can often be prevented.

Although there are several ways to screen for colorectal cancer, only colonoscopy allows for the detection and removal of pre-cancerous polyps and identification of early cancers during a single examination of the entire colon. However, not everyone is able to receive a colonoscopy, sometimes due to medical or other reasons.

*Not all insurance plans provide coverage for colonoscopies for patients under the age of 50. Please check with your insurance provider.

Learn more about our colorectal cancer services


Early colon cancer often has no symptoms at all. When present, symptoms may include:

  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Change in Bowel Habits
  • Narrowing of the Stool
  • Cramping Pain in the Abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained Weight Loss

If you have symptoms, please see your doctor promptly for evaluation and diagnosis.

Risk Factors

Colon cancer occurs in both men and women and may occur at any age, but the risk increases as people get older. For people at average-risk, screening typically starts at age 45 or 50. A number of factors can increase your risk of developing colon cancer, including:

  • Personal or family history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer
  • Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Personal or family history of hereditary colon cancer syndromes (such as Lynch Syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis, Gardner syndrome, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome)


The Importance of Colon Cancer Screening

Colonoscopy Preparation

Our Locations

Contact Us for a Colon Cancer Screening

NewYork-Presbyterian offers digestive care at several locations throughout New York

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center

NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital

Center for Community Health

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley

914-739-2400 Cortlandt Manor

Screenings are performed at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Digestive Health Center

Digestive Care at NewYork-Presbyterian

At NewYork-Presbyterian, our digestive care teams are highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of every type of digestive disorder. People come to us from across the country and around the world for the high-quality, comprehensive care we provide. We offer procedures, services, and facilities that can be challenging to find elsewhere, treatments based on the latest medical advances, and opportunities to participate in clinical trials of promising new therapies.