Colon Cancer Screening

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The Colon
Being able to read the results of a colonscopy properly is the first step to great care. Experienced Fox Chase diagnosticians are frequently called in for a second opinion. You can make it your first opinion.

For people at age 50 or older, screening to prevent colon cancer should be part of their routine healthcare.

At Fox Chase,
our gastroenterologists
are very experienced at
performing high-quality colonoscopy.

We not only perform routine screening procedures on our patients, but also serve as a second-opinion center for difficult colonoscopies referred by other facilities.

The Procedure

Schedule an Exam

To schedule an appointment for a colorectal exam, call 215-214-1475.

The length of the procedure itself on average is between 20-30 minutes, depending on what we need to do inside the colon (polypectomy, additional cleaning out the colon, ablative therapy, etc). We have simplified the colon cleansing protocol in order to make the task more palatable for our patients. Our staff offer detailed and clear instructions to patients by phone or in person.

High Risk: Your Family History

For people with higher risks for colon cancer, such as having a family history of colon cancer or personal history of certain types of cancer, screening may start at an earlier age. Our Risk Assessment counselors can help you determine your future.

Open Access Endoscopy

Requires no office visit, and there's expedited scheduling

In addition, Fox Chase offers Open Access Endoscopy services for referring physicians to expedite scheduling routine screening procedures.
Call 215-214-1421.

See National Cancer Institute information on Colorectal Cancer
Request an Appointment
Virtual Colonoscopy
CT image of a healthy colon
Under certain conditions, CT Colonography ("Virtual Colonoscopy") may be safer for some patients: those patients who require blood thinners or patients with multiple medical conditions.

Audio: Why a virtual colonoscopy?
Hear more about the process

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Resources and Education for Patients and their families

The Resource and Education Center

Cancer Questions?
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