Colorectal cancer is getting common nowadays. It is found that people with more than 45 years of age have a higher risk of having colorectal cancer. But people usually believe that if they are not getting any of the symptoms, they are free from this. This is not true. Even healthy people also suffer from colorectal cancer and thus a proper screening is very important.
As you consult the doctor, at first the doctor will recommend some tests if you do not have the sign of colorectal cancer. These tests help the doctor to look for any kind of colon related cancer or noncancerous colon polyps. It is very important to diagnose colon cancer at the early stages because then it becomes easy for the doctor and the patient to get treatment and there are higher chances of getting a cure. Screening is a process that reduces the risk of dying from colon cancer.
These tests are usually recommended for people who are 45+ years of age. And the reason is that people with 45+ years of age have a higher risk of developing colon cancer. But for the people who are at high risk such as people belonging from a family that has colon cancer background, bigger belly, etc it is recommended to have the screening as soon as possible.
There are several types of screening options available today. But which one to do as recommended by the doctor. It’s always a good idea to consult the doctor first and then get the test done which is recommended. If there is any kind of polyp developed in the colon, the doctor will remove it right at the time of screening so that it won’t develop into cancer.
What is a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a process in which the doctor uses a long tube-like flexible cable that has an attached camera and light which is called a colonoscope. The doctor then inserts the tube through your colon and keeps looking at the screen which shows the output of the camera attached to the colonoscope. The doctor analyzes the colon completely and if there any kind of polyps developing, the doctor will remove it right at the time. He may also take the sample of the polyp and send it for the test which will further conclude whether the polyp can develop into cancer or not.
What is endoscopy?
Endoscopy is yet another type of test that is performed by the doctor in order to analyze the colon. Endoscopy is a method which provides the benefit of painless and complication less screening process. This was first used in the year 2001. But this is absolutely true that endoscopy is not as effective as colonoscopy. Coloscopy comes with modern technology and thus it is more accurate.
There might be doctors who recommend you to have a blood test. But let us inform you that no blood test can confirm colorectal cancer. Although the test may be carried out to confirm the other things.