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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.

  • I have a family history of colon cancer in a first degree relative (parents, brother, sister or child).
  • I'm 45 years old, and I'm African American.
  • I'm 50 years or older and have not had a colonoscopy.
  • I have had a colonoscopy, but I'm not sure when to get the next one.

Common screenings we offer:

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