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Screening and Testing to Detect Cancer: Colon and Rectal Cancer

Screening and Testing to Detect Colon and Rectal Cancer

Screening methods to find colon or rectal changes that may lead to cancer include laboratory tests such as fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) and imaging tests such as sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. Screening by the latter two tests can find precancerous polyps which can be removed during the test and may find cancer early when it is most treatable.

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This public service announcement addresses common misconceptions that lead people to delay or avoid getting screened for colorectal cancer.

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Colon and Rectal Cancer Screening Methods

Clinical Trials to Screen for Colon and Rectal Cancer

Find Clinical Trials to Screen for Colon and Rectal Cancer
Check for colorectal cancer screening trials from NCI’s list of cancer clinical trials now accepting patients. The list of clinical trials can be refined by location and other features.

Research About Colon and Rectal Cancer Screening


Screening to Detect Cancer: Colon and Rectal Cancer

Dr. Barry Kramer summarizes the results of the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and
Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. Dr. Christine Berg discusses the results of the
colorectal cancer arm of the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer
Screening Trial.