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Colon Cancer Screenings: Barium Enemas

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed malignancy in developed countries and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. Symptoms of colon cancer include:

  • Blood in the stool
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Intestinal blockage or change in bowel habits (usually unnoticed until the disease has progressed)

Early-stage colon cancer is curable, which makes screening and early diagnosis important. Pre-cancerous growths found during screening can be removed before they develop into cancer. The American Cancer Society risk factors include:

  • Age (>90% of those diagnosed with colon cancer are over age 50)
  • Colorectal polyps
  • Family history of colon cancer
  • Diets high in fat and low in fiber, or high in processed meats
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Genetics
  • Personal history of colon cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease
  • Smoking
  • Obesity and/or physical inactivity

Barium enema colon cancer screenings and insurance

Medicare and major insurance companies cover this screening. Wake Radiology recommends that patients check with their insurance carrier before scheduling their this study to confirm coverage and payment.

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