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Screening = Colonoscopy = Lives Saved
Are you 50 to 75 years of age? Have you had a personal or family history of colorectal cancer? If you can answer yes to either of those questions, then you need to be screened for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if the cancer had been found in the early stages. Learn more about colorectal cancer and the types of screening options at UW Health.
Screening saves lives
You have the power to stop colorectal cancer before it starts. If you're 50 to 75, or have a family history of colorectal cancer, you need to be screened. "Dr. Sam" Lubner explains how colon cancer screening saves lives in an entertaining video.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if the cancer had been found in the early stages. You have the power to stop colorectal cancer before it starts.
Virtual Colonoscopy Fly-Through
Virtual colonoscopy, or CT colonoscopy, offers patients a choice for colorectal cancer screening that is less invasive and less time consuming.
UW Health offers 3-D virtual colonoscopy to screen for colorectal polyps and identify potentially problematic growths.
During a colonoscopy a flexible tube with a small lens and video camera is passed the length of the colon. The camera allows the doctor to see the entire colon. The colonoscope also allows tools such as forceps or snares to be passed into the colon to sample tissue or remove polyps, as demonstrated in the video.
Warning: The following video contains graphic images from actual optical colonoscopies with polyp removal.