Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Specialists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center place a high priority on educating the community about colorectal cancer, and how, with effective screening, it can be one of the most preventable kinds of cancer.

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Colorectal Cancer Screening

Screenings are the best way to prevent and detect colorectal cancer. If colon cancer is found and treated early, the five-year survival rate is about 90 percent.  In addition to standard screening procedures, Digestive Healthcare Center clinicians offer patients access to leading-edge techniques, some of which we have pioneered.

Call 617-726-2426 to schedule a screening.


Did you know?

Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

Regular screening can prevent colorectal cancer altogether. This is because some polyps, or growths, can be found and removed before they turn into cancer.

Understand colorectal cancer

Learn about screening methods

  • Colonoscopy
    A colonoscopy is considered the primary and most effective screening technique
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
    A sigmoidoscope is a thin, flexible, lighted tube that allows your doctor to look inside the colon
  • Virtual colonoscopy
    This procedure involves the use of special computer programs to create both two- and three-dimensional images
  • Double-contrast barium enema
    The injection of a fluid called barium makes the entire colon visible on an X-ray

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