Colon cancer prevention

Earlier detection with regular colon cancer screenings

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of adult cancer-related deaths in the United States, yet it's also one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer when detected early.

At Sharp, we recommend colon cancer screening begin at age 45. If you have a close relative with colorectal cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or another inflammatory bowel disease, you may be considered high-risk and it's best to consult with your doctor to determine if you should be screened earlier.

Colonoscopy — the most accurate method of colon cancer detection

A colonoscopy is a visual examination of the lining of the rectum and colon using a flexible fiber-optic endoscope — and it's also the most accurate screening procedure for colon cancer. The endoscope uses a tiny camera to transmit images to a monitor so your care team can instantly identify any abnormalities or polyps, or growths that can form on the colon's lining.

While preparing for a colonoscopy can seem daunting, it's easier than you think — and it's a test that could save your life. Because colon cancer usually develops with few or no symptoms, when symptoms do appear the disease is often advanced. Regular screenings, like colonoscopy, detect the disease early and can even head off cancer before it starts.

What to expect before, during and after your colonoscopy.

Learn more

To learn more about colonoscopy or to find a San Diego gastroenterologist, call 1-800-827-4277, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm.

Locations of colonoscopy services in San Diego

We offer colonoscopies at the following Sharp locations.

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