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Fast & Effective Colorectal Cancer Screenings in Orlando

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute works closely with the Florida Hospital Digestive Health Center to increase awareness of the importance of routine colorectal cancer screenings. Screenings can find colorectal cancer early, and the sooner the cancer is detected, the more effective the treatment. More importantly, a sreening for colorectal cancer can prevent tumors from forming if done at the appropriate time. For more information about a colorectal screening in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

Based on National Cancer Comprehensive Network guidelines, a colonoscopy is the first choice and preferred method to screen for colon cancer.

  • Colonoscopy: An examination of the rectum and the entire colon using a lighted instrument called a colonoscope. The advantage of this type of screening is that any polyps observed can be removed on the spot, or samples taken for biopsy during the exam.

When Should I Get a Colorectal Cancer Screening?

The National Cancer Comprehensive Network (NCCN) recommends a colonoscopy to individuals 50 years old or older, without any symptoms and no first degree relatives with colorectal cancer. If you are screened and have polyps, you will need to see a physician more regularly than you would if the results were normal.

Talk to your primary care physician because you might need to get screened earlier and it's important to talk about your risk factors or schedule a screening test. Talk to your family to see if anyone has had polyps or cancer in the colon.

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Types of Colorectal Cancer Screenings

General Tests and Screenings for Colorectal Cancer

The Florida Hospitla Cancer Institute offers a comprehensive approach for colorectal cancer screenings in Orlando. Colorectal cancer screeings are strongly encouraged for people who do not have any symptoms or strong risk factors. General tests and screenings for colon and colorectal cancer include the following:

  • Fecal occult blood test 
  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy 
  • Colonoscopy 
  • CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) 
  • Stool DNA (sDNA) 
  • Barium enema with air contrast
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Diagnosis & Staging

Caught early, colorectal cancer usually responds very well to treatment.  Because symptoms aren't often present early on, regular preventative exams play a critical role in early detection.

Colorectal cancer can cause symptoms like rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea, which can also be symptoms of other conditions. It's important to know that these symptoms do not automatically mean you have colorectal cancer, but they are common symptoms seen with colorectal cancer patients and you should talk to your physician if you are experiencing them.

Stages I & II

Tumor invades through part of the bowel wall.

Stage III

Tumor spreads to local lymph nodes.

Stage IV

Tumor has spread to distant organs (e.g. Liver, Lungs)

For more information about a colorectal screening in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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Request an Appointment

For more information about a colorectal screening in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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