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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 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.

According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, colonoscopy is the preferred colon cancer screening test. A colonoscopy allows for the detection and removal of pre-cancerous polyps and identification of early cancers during a single examination. 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.

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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 is increased in persons age 45 and older. 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)


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

  • NewYork-Presbyterian
    David H. Koch Center

  • 1283 York Avenue,
    8th Floor
    New York, NY 10065
    Call 646-962-4463
  • inquire about 1 week appointments
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/
    Weill Cornell Medical Center

  • 525 East 68th Street,
    Greenberg 2nd Floor
    New York, NY 10065
    Call 646-962-4463
  • inquire about 1 week appointments
  • NewYork-Presbyterian
    Lower Manhattan Hospital

  • 170 William Street,
    2nd Floor
    New York, NY 10038
    Call 646-962-4463
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/
    Columbia University Irving Medical Center

  • Herbert Irving Pavilion
    161 Fort Washington Avenue,
    13th Floor
    New York, NY 10032
    Call 212-305-8824
  • NewYork-Presbyterian
    Lawrence Hospital

  • 55 Palmer Avenue
    Bronxville, NY 10708
    Call 212-305-8824
  • NewYork-Presbyterian
    Allen Hospital

  • 5141 Broadway
    Endoscopy Unit,
    1 Field East
    New York, NY 10034
    Call 212-305-8824


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.

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