Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness Colon Cancer Screenings

If you are age 50 to 75, it might be time for a colon cancer screening. If you are African American, screening is recommended beginning at age 45.

Norton Healthcare offers:

  • Colonoscopy: A thin tube with a camera is inserted into the colon to look for abnormalities. This is a test that is done by a doctor in a hospital or clinic setting, and requires cleansing of the colon so that any polyps or other issues in the colon are seen more easily.
  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT): Stool is collected and sent to a lab to look for blood. This is a test that can be completed at home, but only looks for blood in the stool. The sample is collected by the patient and mailed to the lab. It cannot detect polyps or other issues in the colon. If blood is detected, a colonoscopy will need to be done to determine the source of the bleeding.
  • Cologuard: Stool is collected and sent to a lab to look for DNA changes and hidden blood. This is a test that is done at home with the sample collected by the patient and sent to the lab for testing. It cannot detect polyps or other issues in the colon. If results are positive, a colonoscopy will be needed to determine if there are any concerns.

Getting a colon cancer screening or colonoscopy is the best way to prevent colon cancer. When caught early, colon cancer is highly treatable. If a polyp is found during your colonoscopy, it can be removed right away.

Most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover all or most of the cost of a colon cancer screening. Check with your insurance provider before scheduling to understand any costs you may have.

Preparing for a colonoscopy has gotten easier in recent years. You may not need to take off the day before for your prep. That will depend on your doctor’s prescription. You will have to take off a day for the colonoscopy itself. Usually you can go back to your routine schedule the next day. If taking time off is difficult, Saturday appointments may be available.

Call (502) 446-WELL (9355) to learn about available options.


Si tiene entre 50 y 75 años, es tiempo de hacerse una prueba de detección de cáncer de colon. Si usted es afroamericano/a, la prueba de detección se recomienda a partir de los 45 años.

Norton Healthcare ofrece:

  • Colonoscopía: se introduce en el colon un tubo delgado con cámara para buscar anormalidades. Esta es una prueba que la hace un médico en un hospital o clínica y es necesario hacer una limpieza del colon para que los pólipos y otros problemas se vean con más facilidad
  • Prueba inmunoquímica fecal (Fecal immunochemical test, FIT): se toma una muestra fecal (excremento) y se envía al laboratorio para examinar si contiene sangre. Esta es una prueba que se puede hacer en casa, pero solo sirve para saber si hay sangre en el excremento. El paciente recoge la muestra y la envía por correo al laboratorio. No sirve para detectar pólipos ni otros problemas. Si se detecta sangre, será necesario hacer una colonoscopía para determinar el origen del sangrado.
  • Cologuard: se toma una muestra fecal y se envía al laboratorio para buscar cambios en el ADN y detectar sangre oculta. Esta es una prueba que se hace en casa, el paciente toma la muestra y la envía al laboratorio para que la analicen. No sirve para detectar pólipos ni otros problemas. Si el resultado es positivo, será necesario hacer una colonoscopía para determinar si hay algo de qué preocuparse.

Hacerse una prueba de detección de cáncer de colon o una colonoscopía es la mejor manera de prevenir el cáncer de colon. Cuando se detecta temprano, el cáncer de colon es altamente tratable. Si durante la colonoscopía se detecta un pólipo, este se puede extirpar de inmediato.

La mayoría de los seguros médicos, incluyendo Medicare, cubren todo o la mayoría del costo de una prueba de detección de cáncer de colon. Consulte con su proveedor de seguros antes de programar una cita para saber los costos que usted tenga que pagar.

La preparación para una colonoscopía se ha hecho más fácil en los últimos años. Es posible que no necesite tomarse el día libre antes para prepararse. Eso dependerá de la receta de su médico. Para la colonoscopía, sí tendrá que tomarse el día. Puede regresar a su horario usual al día siguiente. Si es difícil que le den permiso entre semana, es posible que haya citas disponibles los sábados.

Llame al (502) 446-WELL (9355) para conocer las opciones disponibles.

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