Although the exact causes of colorectal cancer are not known, you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing the disease. Studies show that quitting smoking, drinking less alcohol, and exercising more may lower the risk of colorectal cancer. A healthy diet - eating foods low in fat and high in fiber also can help.

The American Cancer Society recommends that cancer screening be started at age 50. If you have a strong family history of colorectal cancer, the tests may start at an earlier age. You should talk to your doctor about which tests are recommended for you. Tests may include one or more of the following:

Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Test What is Done How Often
Fecal occult blood test Stool sample is checked for blood Every year after age 50
Digital rectal exam Rectum is examined for abnormalities Done at checkups (about every five years after age 50)
Sigmoidoscopy The rectum and lower colon are examined Every five years after age 50
Colonoscopy The colon is examined using a thin tube with a camera attached to it Every 10 years after age 50
Double Contrast Barium Enema The patient is given an enema of barium so the colon and rectum can be easily viewed on x-rays Every five years after age 50

Intermountain Healthcare - Colonoscopy Locations

Intermountain Colonoscopy Locations Contact
Alta View Hospital (801) 501-6488
American Fork Hospital (801) 855-3361
Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-3262
Dixie Regional Medical Center (435) 688-1980
LDS Hospital (801) 408-1057
Logan Regional Hospital (435) 716-5913
McKay-Dee Hospital Center (801) 387-2500
Primary Children's Medical Center (801) 588-3379
Riverton Hospital (801) 285-4600
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (801) 357-4245
Valley View Medical Center (435) 868-5353

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