COLORECTAL CANCER AND POLYPS EXAM
Beginning at age 50, both men and women should follow one of these testing schedules:
Tests that find polyps and cancer
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
- Colonoscopy every 10 years
- Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years
- CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years
Tests that primarily find cancer
- Yearly fecal occult blood test (gFOBT)
- Yearly fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year
- Stool DNA test (sDNA), interval uncertain
The tests that are designed to find both early cancer and polyps are preferred if these tests are available to you and you are willing to have one of these more invasive tests. Talk to your doctor about which test is best for you.
The American Cancer Society recommends that some people be screened using a different schedule because of their personal history or family history.
MAMMOGRAMS – DID YOU KNOW?
Timely mammography screenings among women 40 and older could decrease breast cancer by at least 20 percent.
At Baptist Health Care, our certified radiology technologists take the mammography process step further with “triple-check”. The first checkpoint is the use of a computer-aided detection system that “tags” suspicious areas for the radiologists to review.
The mammography images are then read by two separate radiologists at two separate times. If further testing is needed, additional imaging such as ultrasound is available.
Regular gynecologic exams are essential in supporting a healthy woman. These yearly screenings can provide early detection of reproductive abnormalities that could have an adverse affect on a women’s health.
Additionally, annual exams create opportunity for women to discuss gynecological problems with your health care provider that affect overall quality of life
- heavy bleeding
- urinary incontinence
- pelvic prolapse