to the American Cancer Society, 50% of colon cancer related deaths
could be prevented if all people over the age of 50 were tested for
Colon cancer starts as a
this is caught and removed, you will prevent cancer from ever
This is why having a colon cancer
is so important.
are many different types of colon cancer tests. For instance, a colon
cancer blood test detects the presence of blood that is hidden in the
feces. Blood in the feces can be an indicator of
growths—in the rectum.
form of colon cancer test detects the level of a protein molecule
associated with certain cancers in the blood, tissue or stool sample.
This is called a CEA
cancer test or a carcinoembryonic
antigen colon cancer
test. High levels of CEA indicate the presence of cancer
in the body, most often in the gastrointestinal tract, but can also
indicate other things such as infection, that fact that one is a
smoker, and benign tumors.
the most talked about procedures is the colonoscopy.
involves the insertion of a long, thin tube into the rectum and up
into the colon. This tube has a camera on the end, which then feeds
images to a monitor. The doctor can then examine the colorectal tract
closely and inspect for cancer or abnormal growths. If anything
abnormal is found, either it is removed on the spot or a biopsy is
preventative miracle that is a colon cancer test needs to be more
widely recognized. Thousands of people would go on to live to ripe
old age if they were to have a colon cancer test done.
Talk to you
doctor about when the time is right to have
a colon cancer test.