Insight that can save your life.

Early detection is one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against cancer. When you schedule a colonoscopy or Cologuard test with a Karmanos provider, you can take comfort in knowing that you have a team of experts by your side to ensure that your test is completed comfortably and results are easy to understand.

Early-stage colorectal cancer usually does not have any symptoms making screening an important step in protecting your health. A screening consultation with one of our specialists can give you peace of mind.

Who should be screened?

A Karmanos specialist will determine what testing is right for you based on your health history, age and habits. Generally, adults at average risk should schedule their first colonoscopy at age 45 and continue every 10 years if the results are normal. Cologuard testing should also begin at age 45. With normal results, this test should be repeated every three years.

What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer?

Signs of colon and rectal (colorectal) cancer include:

  • A change in bowel habits
  • Blood (either bright red or very dark) in the stool
  • Diarrhea, constipation or feeling that the bowel doesn't empty all the way
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • Frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness or cramps
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Feeling very tired
  • Vomiting

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What is a Colonoscopy?

During a colonoscopy, a small flexible tube with a camera at the tip is inserted into the anus. It passes through the rectum and colon to detect abnormalities such as polyps. During this procedure, your physician may biopsy or remove suspicious-looking areas. Patients are sedated for this procedure.

What is Cologuard Screening?

Cologuard is a stool test that screens for abnormalities in the DNA, which can be caused by cancer or polyp cells. This test is performed at home and requires a stool collection. After a consultation with your Karmanos provider, our team will help arrange for your test to be sent directly to your home. Your Cologuard test will arrive in the mail and contain all the elements needed for at-home testing, including detailed instructions.

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A team of experts by your side

In the event that your screening test comes back as abnormal, you can take comfort knowing you have a team of experts by your side. Colon cancer screening and treatment is overseen by the Gastrointestinal & Neuroendocrine Tumors Multidisciplinary Team at Karmanos. The team is entirely focused on treating gastrointestinal cancers, as well as clinical research revolving around gastrointestinal malignancies and shares its collective expertise to create a customized treatment plan for each patient. 

We understand the sensitive needs of every patient. When you receive care at Karmanos, you can expect respectful, compassionate treatment that is responsive to your emotional needs and lifestyle. We promise to provide proactive, timely communication with you and your loved ones.

At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, you can be confident that you're in expert hands at one of the nation's top cancer centers.

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