Screening and Diagnosis

Sentara physicians strongly believe in colon and rectal cancer screenings. In the U.S., colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women and is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths.

However, with screening and early diagnosis, it can be prevented and cured. While no one knows the exact causes of colorectal cancer, there are several known risk factors, including age and family history.

If any of the statements below apply to you, talk to your doctor about colon and rectal screenings. 

  • Testing should begin at age 45 for people with average risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Testing can be done by a high sensitivity stool-based test annually, or a visual exam (colonoscopy) every ten years
  • Talk to your health care provider about which tests might be good options for you.
  • If you are in good health, you should continue regular screening through age 75.
  • If you choose to be screened with a test other than colonoscopy, any abnormal test result needs to be followed up with a colonoscopy. 

Common screenings we offer: