Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer.
Colonoscopies: 216-778-5381 | FIT Screening: 216-957-2550 | Or request using your MyChart account
Colonoscopies and FIT Screening
Who is at risk for colon cancer?
More than 50,000 Americans die of colon cancer each year.
And you might be at greater risk for colon cancer if you:
- Have a family history of colon cancer
- Have a personal history of colon cancer, colorectal polyps or inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease).
If you are at greater risk, you may need to be screened earlier or more often.
You might also have different options for how you are screened depending on your age, family history and risk factors.
This is a discussion you should have with your primary care doctor.
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Types of screenings
There are two common screening methods for detecting early colon cancer:
In this exam, a doctor will examine your colon and rectum with a flexible scope. You will be sedated during the procedure, so you will be comfortable.
Your colon and rectum must be empty and clean for the screening, so you will be instructed to prepare for the exam by taking a laxative. You will be given instructions. You will need a referral from your primary care doctor to undergo a colonoscopy.
For patients who have an average to low risk of colorectal cancer, a FIT (fecal immunochemical test) screening is another option. It's important to note that high risk patients should always undergo colonoscopy screenings.
The FIT screening is easy and can be performed in the privacy of your own bathroom at home. It requires no preparation or change to your diet. You will mail in your sample.
Getting started with your screening
The first step toward the peace of mind that comes with a colon screening is to make an appointment with your primary care doctor to see which screening is best for you.
- You will need a referral from your primary care doctor to undergo a colonoscopy.
- MetroHealth offers colonoscopies at our Cleveland Heights, Main Campus and Parma Medical Center locations.
- To schedule a colonoscopy, call 216-778-5381.
FIT Screening (Two options to get the screening kit)
1. Call us at 216-957-2550 to schedule a time to see your doctor
Once your doctor determines the FIT screening is right for you, he or she will order the screening kit for you.
After your doctor places the order, you can:
- Have it mailed to your home address
- Pick it up at a previously-scheduled appointment
- Call 216-957-2550 to schedule a pick-up time
2. Schedule an appointment through your MyChart account
Note: Click on the MyChart link that states "Make an appointment. We have sent you a new scheduling ticket." and follow the instructions.
- How does a FIT screening work?
- Want to learn more about colonoscopies? Sign in to watch a video that provides more information about this important screening. To prepare for your colonoscopy, see Procedure Preparation.