Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests
Colorectal cancer screening is an important part of routine health care. This post is not intended to be a guide for choosing the right test, but rather a guide to help understand and use the medical terms connected with the tests.
Most colorectal cancers begin as a polyp, a growth in the tissue that lines the inner surface of the colon or rectum. A type of polyp known as an adenoma may have a higher risk of becoming cancer.
Two types of tests, stool-based screening tests and visual-based screening exams, can be used to screen for both polyps and colorectal cancer.