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Colon Cancer Screening Clinic
If caught early, colon cancer often can be successfully treated. However, catching the cancer before it spreads is critical to successful treatment. To help ensure prevention and early diagnosis, the Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology has created a Colon Cancer Screening Clinic.
The clinic provides screening tests and procedures, including colonoscopies, to detect cancer, polyps, lesions and other conditions that may develop into cancer. In many cases, finding and removing polyps or other abnormalities may prevent the occurrence of cancer.
Some people are at more risk for developing colon cancer than others, including people who:
- Are age 50 or older
- Are of African-American or Eastern European Jewish decent
- Have a family history of colon cancer
- Are overweight, inactive or use tobacco or alcohol
Recent studies have also shown an increase in the rates of colorectal cancer in young adults in the United States. While the reason for this increase remains unclear, the number of new patients younger than 55 with rectal cancer in 2012-13 doubled compared to the rates in 1989-90, and the corresponding rate for colon cancer went up by 40%. As a result, it is estimated that your risk of colon cancer if you were born in the 1990s is twice that of somebody born in the 1950s, and your risk of rectal cancer is four times higher.
These new findings may suggest the need for earlier colorectal screening, especially if a young adult is experiencing symptoms of change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain or persistent iron deficiency anemia.
To schedule an appointment, call 410-502-0793.
The Colon Cancer Screening Clinic offers a direct access endoscopy option for referring physicians to expedite patient care, which allows doctors to schedule standard diagnostic endoscopic procedures without prior consultations.
Within three weeks following patient appointments, physicians will receive written reports of all procedures and biopsies conducted, as well as further recommendations regarding surveillance.
The clinic welcomes new patients, accepts all insurance plans and can schedule immediate appointments.
To refer a patient: