According to the American College of Gastroenterology, a colonoscopy with polypectomy (removal of polyps) reduces the risk of colon cancer by 90 percent. Our gastroenterologists perform more than 13,000 colorectal cancer screenings a year. We recommend people schedule a first screening colonoscopy at age 50. However, those who have a family history of colorectal cancer or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease may opt for a colonoscopy at a younger age.
Our gastroenterologists use advanced tools to diagnose and stage colorectal cancer.
Colonoscopy has long been considered the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening and detection. Because it lets doctors see the entire colon, it’s the best way to detect and remove polyps—helping prevent colorectal cancer.
Both our hospital GI Center and Endoscopy Center in Arlington Heights use state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and high-definition imaging. Because of this, our detection rate for polyps is 57 percent, well above the national benchmark of 25 percent.
Upon diagnosis of colorectal cancer, our multidisciplinary team will work with you to create a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan. This includes, but isn’t limited to:
Patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer have treatment options, which may include the following: