Regular screening, beginning at age 45, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum). Colorectal polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first, which is why getting screened regularly for colorectal cancer is so important. Several screening tests can be used to find polyps or colorectal cancer, including at-home screening kits like FIT or Cologuard. Each test has advantages and disadvantages. Talk to your primary care doctor about the pros and cons of each test, and how often to be tested.
If you have a planned surgery or procedure scheduled with the Digestive Health Institute it is important to be prepared. We've provided several easy to follow patient education links below to assist you, ensuring you have the safest and most comprehensive care. Your doctor will tell you which steps you should take to be completely ready the day of your surgery or procedure. If you have any questions, please call the Digestive Health Scheduling office at (217) 383-3309. If calling after hours or on the weekend, contact the Patient Advisory Nurse at (217) 383-3233.