Colon Cancer Screening | Whittier, CA | PIH Health

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Depending on your insurance, you may need a doctor’s referral. If your insurance is through a preferred provider organization (PPO) you do not need a doctor’s referral. If you have health maintenance organization (HMO) insurance, call and ask to speak with a nurse navigator to help you get a referral.

Colon Cancer Screening

Protect your health with colorectal cancer screenings from PIH Health in LA County. Regular tests can help prevent colorectal cancer—or find it early, when it’s easier to treat.

Options for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Screening tests find signs of cancer before you have symptoms. Ask your doctor about the best colon cancer screening test for you:

  • Colonoscopy – Examines the entire colon (large intestine) using a thin, flexible tube with a very small camera on the end; doctors may also remove tissue samples or abnormal growths (polyps) during this procedure
  • CT colonography – Uses computed tomography to detect cancers and larger polyps
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy – Examines the lower one-third of the colon to detect cancers and polyps
  • Lower gastrointestinal tract radiography (barium enema) – Uses X-ray and contrast solution to take pictures of your large intestine
  • Stool-based tests, such as fecal immunochemical test (FIT), Cologuard®, and ColoVantage® – Tests a stool sample to detect signs of colon cancers

Should I Get a Colon Cancer Screening?

The American Cancer Society recommends regular colorectal cancer screenings for adults between 45 and 75 years old.

If you have a higher risk for the disease, you may need to start screening tests earlier or continue them past age 75.

Your primary care provider can help you decide when to start screening tests and how often to have them.

Risk Factors for Colon Cancer

You face a higher risk of colon cancer as you age and if you have:

  • Certain racial and ethnic background (African Americans, Ashkenazi Jews)
  • Diet high in fat, red meat, or alcohol
  • Family history of colon cancer or advanced colon polyps
  • Heredity conditions such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC)
  • History of tobacco use
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Polyps or previous colorectal cancer

Streamlined Colonoscopy Scheduling

Save time and money with our streamlined colonoscopy screening program. Contact us yourself or ask your primary care doctor to call. We’ll ask about your medical history and risk factors and review details of the procedure. If your health permits, we’ll schedule your appointment directly—eliminating the need for an additional pre-procedure office visit.

Your Colonoscopy: What to Expect

If you’re scheduled for a colonoscopy, your care team will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare. You’ll need to drink a clear liquid and a special solution to clean out your colon.

Before your colonoscopy, you’ll receive medicine to help you relax. The medicine may make you sleepy. You probably won’t remember much about the procedure.

If your doctor detects abnormal growths (polyps) during the colonoscopy, he or she may remove them.

Your Colonoscopy Results

Your doctor will share your test results as soon as they are available—usually the day of the procedure.

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