Colon Cancer Screening

Download colonoscopy prep instructions:

Instructions for Colonoscopy with Trilyte, Colyte, Golyte, Nulyte, or Oral Colon Lavage 

 

Instructions for Colonoscopy with Magnesium Citrate / Bisacodyl Prep

Instructions for Colonoscopy with Miralax Prep

Instructions for Colonoscopy with Movi Prep

Instructions for Colonoscopy with SUPREP

Instructions for Colonoscopy for Diabetic Patients on Insulin or Oral Hypoglycemics

Excluding skin cancer, colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States for both men and women. A family history of colon cancer and lifestyle-related factors such as poor diet, smoking, excess weight, and lack of exercise can increase your risk for colon cancer. Diets low in fruits and vegetables as well as diets high in red meat can raise your colorectal cancer risk. 

Even without these risk factors, being over the age of 50 may increase your risk for colorectal cancer. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy recommends colon cancer screening starting at age 50.

Colon cancer often occurs without symptoms. Most colorectal cancers develop from precancerous polyps. Polyps are growths that arise in the lining of the colon and are visible when the bowel is examined by colonoscopy. It is important to complete a screening examination even without symptoms to possibly detect cancer at the earliest stage, when treatment works best.

A number of colorectal cancer screening tests are available at Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates, including colonoscopy. For a complete list of the procedures we perform and what to expect, please visit our patient education library.

The most effective way to lower your risk of colon cancer is to schedule a colonoscopy. Make your appointment today with one of our board-certified, fellowship-trained gastroenterologists at Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates. Request an appointment online or dial (410) 224-2116. For your convenience, all procedures are completed at the Maryland Center for Digestive Health in Annapolis, Maryland.