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Rectal Tumors

Screening and Tests for Rectal Tumors

The primary tool used for colorectal cancer screening is a colonoscopy. This diagnostic test is used to screen for colorectal polyps and detect colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that people over the age of 50 have regular colorectal screenings In addition to a colonoscopy, your Florida Hospital physician may also perform any or all of the following diagnostic procedures:

  • Digital rectal exam to feel for tumors
  • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) to detect hidden blood in the stool
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy to screen the lower section of the colon
  • Double-contrast barium enema (DCBE) to X-ray the soft tissue within the abdomen
  • Virtual colonoscopy (CT colonography) to achieve three-dimensional imaging of the colon’s interior
  • Genetic Testing
  • Blood tests
  • Biospy to determine whether or not a tumor or polyp is cancerous
  • Ultrasound to view the inside of the rectum
  • Computer tomography (CT scan or CAT scan) to X-ray soft tissue
  • Magnetic resonance imaging to capture cross-section views of the rectum
  • Chest X-ray to determine if rectal cancer has spread to the lungs
  • Positron emission tomography (PET scan) to view cancer cells

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