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Staying Healthy with Cancer Prevention

Screening is an important part of colon health and cancer prevention for those who meet the recommended screening guidelines, are experiencing gastrointestinal problems or have a personal or close family history of colorectal disease. Most people at average cancer risk should begin regular screenings at age 45. Those with a close family history of colorectal cancer are at increased risk, which lowers the recommended age for and increases the frequency of screening. Talk to your doctor if you think you may be at higher risk, and always report any issues such as rectal bleeding or changes in bowel habits to your healthcare provider.

More information about screening for colon cancer and recommended guidelines, visit VCU Massey Cancer Center’s website.

Schedule your colonoscopy with VCU Health

While there are several different methods for colorectal cancer screening, experts agree that the colonoscopy is the best method for detecting and preventing colon cancer. During a colonoscopy, doctors are able to remove colon polyps before they can develop into cancer.

VCU Health’s experts provide colonoscopy screening services at our downtown and Stony Point locations. To schedule your colonoscopy with the Center for Digestive Health, please call (804) 828-8508. Please note that a referral from your primary care doctor is required for a colonoscopy.

VCU Health Colon and Rectal Surgery also performs colonoscopies and may be an option for patients experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms. Please call (804) 827-0049 to speak to someone about your condition.

Why Choose VCU Health

We provide compassionate care backed by resources that are only available at leading academic medical centers like VCU Health. Our team includes nationally recognized gastroenterologists and highly specialized colon and rectal surgeons with access to state-of-the-art endoscopy suites to ensure accurate and efficient results. Close collaboration with the experts at VCU Massey Cancer Center, the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, means you have access to world-class cancer care should you ever need it.

Learn more about the colorectal cancer team at VCU Massey Cancer Center’s website.