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Colorectal Cancer Screening

at Middletown Medical

COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING SAVES LIVES!

Colon cancer screening can be an important part of routine health care. We have two options for you, one even allows you to get a screening done in the convenience of your own home.* (option 2, see below)

Please call us at 845-342-4774. Ext. 4154 to learn more about the options available.

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845-342-4774. Ext. 4154

OPTION 1: Colonoscopy

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This is similar to flexible sigmoidoscopy, except the doctor uses a longer, thin, flexible, lighted tube to check for polyps or cancer inside the rectum and the entire colon. During the test, the doctor can find and remove most polyps and some cancers. Colonoscopy also is used as a follow-up test if anything unusual is found during one of the other screening tests.

How often: Every 10 years (for people who do not have an increased risk of colorectal cancer).

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845-342-4774. Ext. 4154

OPTION 2: *Stay at home option

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The guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) uses the chemical guaiac to detect blood in the stool. It is done once a year. For this test, you receive a test kit from your health care provider. At home, you use a stick or brush to obtain a small amount of stool. You return the test kit to the doctor or a lab, where the stool samples are checked for the presence of blood.

The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) uses antibodies to detect blood in the stool. It is also done once a year in the same way as a gFOBT.

The FIT-DNA test (also referred to as the stool DNA test) combines the FIT with a test that detects altered DNA in the stool. For this test, you collect an entire bowel movement and send it to a lab, where it is checked for cancer cells. It is done once every one or three years.

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845-342-4774. Ext. 4154

Get your procedure worry-free

If you choose to come into a Colonoscopy you can be reassured that we have streamlined the required process. In accordance with the governor’s executive order as of May of this year we have restarted our regular Procedures this includes Colonoscopy‚Äôs, however for the safety of all of our patients and to meet the requirements of the executive order we require each patient to have a negative COVID19 swab test. Our team at Middletown Medical makes this process very easy. You are given a prescription for a swab and it can be done by simply driving through our Middletown drive through testing location. Results for these procedures are given the next day. We have also taken steps to make sure that you or your family are not required to wait with you in the building during your visit. We call you in when you are ready, perform the procedure and walk you to your ride.

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845-342-4774. Ext. 4154

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