Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in theLearn More About Colon Cancer
United States. Men and women of “average risk,” who do not have any family history of cancer, should get periodic screening tests, such as a colonoscopy, beginning at age 45. Ask your doctor about the best screening test and schedule for you.
Time for a Colonoscopy?
At Memorial Hermann, you can schedule a screening colonoscopy directly if you meet the following criteria:
- You are 50 years of age or older
- You are African American and 45 years of age or older
- You are 40 years old or 10 years younger than the age at which a first-degree relative was diagnosed with colon cancer
Due to recent changes in screening recommendations, please consult your insurance provider to confirm coverage if you are under the age of 50.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, the American Cancer Society recommends visiting a doctor to find the cause and receive treatment, if necessary:
- A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation or narrowing of the stool that lasts for more than a few days
- A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
- Rectal bleeding
- Dark stools or blood in the stool
- Cramping or abdominal pain
- Weakness and fatigue
- Unintended weight loss
Schedule an Appointment
You can schedule an appointment for a colonoscopy or with an affiliated Gastroenterologist online at the following locations or by phone by calling 713-222-CARE (2273).
Texas Medical Center
6400 Fannin Street, #1400
Houston, TX 77030
*Use the Contact Us form to request an appointment.
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