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.
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
- Unexplained Weight Loss
If you have symptoms, please see your doctor promptly for evaluation and diagnosis.
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)
Contact Us for a Colon Cancer Screening
NewYork-Presbyterian offers digestive care at several locations throughout New York
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital
NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital
NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital
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Center for Community Health
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
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.