Get Screened

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?

Fast Facts on Colorectal CancerMore 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:

Colonoscopy

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. 

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FIT Screening

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. 

FIT Screening Instructions

 

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

Colonoscopy

 

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.

 

Important Resources

 

Locations

MetroHealth offers colonoscopies at our Cleveland HeightsMain Campus and Parma Medical Center locations. 

Locations

216-524-7377

10 Severance Circle
Cleveland Heights , OH 44118

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216-778-7800

2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland , Ohio 44109

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216-524-7377

12301 Snow Road
Parma , Ohio 44130

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