Jonathan S Pourmorady, MD
Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Los Angeles, CA & Garden Grove, CA
A colon cancer screening could make all the difference in the early detection of a condition that could be life-threatening. Jonathan Pourmorady, MD, and the team at Gastro90210 offer in-house colon cancer screening from their offices in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles and Garden Grove, California. If you are at high risk for colon cancer or are over the age of 50, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.
Colon Cancer Screening Q & A
What is colon cancer screening?
Colon cancer screening is a diagnostic tool for determining whether you have signs of colon cancer. Colon cancer screenings can detect polyps, growths, or tumors in the large intestine.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for American adults. Colon cancer screenings help improve outcomes for those with colon cancer through early detection and treatment.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends people ages 50-75 get regular colon cancer screenings. You and your doctor should discuss how often you should get regular screenings if you’re at higher-than-average risk or are over 75.
Who should get a colon cancer screening?
Dr. Pourmorady or your primary care provider may recommend that you get regular colon cancer screening if you are over 50 or are at high risk for colon cancer. You may be at higher than average risk if you have:
- A family history of colon cancer
- An inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
- A history of precancerous polyps or colon cancer
- A hereditary gene that predisposes you to colon cancers
They may also recommend getting a colon cancer screening if you have symptoms associated with colon cancer, including constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, bloody stools, and unexplained weight loss.
What are the different types of colon cancer screening?
There are several different types of colon cancer screening. The Gastro90210 team may recommend a specific screening based on underlying medical conditions, associated risks, and your preferences.
Methods for colon cancer screenings include:
- Stool studies, to test for blood and cancer cells
- Sigmoidoscopy, to visualize the lower part of your colon
- Colonoscopy, to visualize your entire colon
- Computed tomography (CT) colonoscopy, a noninvasive method
- Capsule endoscopy, to visualize the large intestine
Dr. Pourmorady has extensive experience in performing colon cancer screenings to lower your risks and help you seek early treatment in the event of colon cancer. He works closely with you to determine the frequency and screening methods that fit your medical profile the best.
To set up your colon cancer screening, call the nearest office or make an appointment online with Gastro90210 today.