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Colon Cancer Screening in New Lenox, IL

Dr Zahid Afzal MD is conveniently located at 678 Cedar Crossings Drive New Lenox, IL 60451. If you or someone you know is in need of a colon cancer screening, then it is time you call us at SouthWest Gastroenterology (815) 584-0077 to schedule your appointment with the best gastroenterologist in New Lenox.

Colon Cancer Screening New Lenox, IL

Are you in need of receiving services for a Colon Cancer Screening? The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) suggests individuals between the ages of 50 and 75 years old be screened for Colo-Rectal Cancer. Regular screening can be the key to preventing Colon Cancer. Our highly qualified, caring staff and doctor here at SouthWest Gastro can provide you with this service in the New Lenox, IL area. Our office provides the best in gastroenterology care, with our lead physician, Dr. Zahid Afzal, MD. You may have many questions about colon cancer, as well as the process of the screening itself. Read below to learn more about the screening test, how they are administered, what you can expect, and ultimately what the tests are looking for.

What is a colon screening looking for, you may wonder? The screening is to detect polyps; which is a small clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon or rectum. Screening for these Polyps is important because these small clumps of cells can turn cancerous. There are several ways to screen for polyps. At our gastroenterology clinic, some of the screening methods we have include:

Stool test:

  • Evaluating stool samples for small amounts of blood can be helpful in guiding doctors in identifying concerns for small amounts of bleeding within the small intestines or colon.
  • Having blood in your stool is a concerning issue. It is not to say cancer is the diagnosis. However, it is a good indication that something internally may need to be looked at further.
  • A common tested used by our doctors is known as FOBT or the fecal occult blood test. Additionally, we can also detect colon cancer using a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) or the stool DNA test (sDNA). Our doctors will discuss with you which test is right for you.


  • Also known as a flexible Sigmoidoscopy, it is a minimally invasive examination of the large intestine.
  • This examination uses a small flexible scope to view the lower part of your colon. However, this test is only capable of seeing the last one-third of your large intestine and could miss possible cancers signs located higher in the large intestine.


  • A colonoscopy is like a sigmoidoscopy. However, the entire colon can be viewed in a colonoscopy, as opposed to the one-third view of the colon in a sigmoidoscopy.
  • Preparation of the bowel is necessary for performing a colonoscopy. Our doctor will provide instructions on how to cleanse your bowel in preparation.
  • You are awake during the procedure of a colonoscopy; however, you will receive medication to help you relax and possibly fall asleep.

Not sure which screening method is right for you? Set up an appointment with our doctor and discuss which test they may find necessary for you at this time. As stated previously, individuals ages 50 to 75 should consider receiving a screening. However, other common risk factors may suggest getting screened for Colon Cancer starting at age 45.

Some of those risk factors are:

  • A medical history of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
  • A family history of polyps or colorectal cancer. Generally, this means if a parent, sibling, or child has developed these conditions younger than the age of 60.
  • A family medical history of inherited colorectal cancer syndromes. This can include hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP).
  • If you have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer or polyps in the past.

If any of these risk factors apply to you, don’t hesitate to call our facility at (844) 777-6077 and set up an appointment with our doctors. We can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your gastro health needs. SouthWest Gastroenterology is located at 678 Cedar Crossings Drive New Lenox, IL 60451. We are right next to the Silver Cross Hospital off of Route 6 and off of Exit 1 of I-355. There is ample parking just outside of our clinic. We are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you mitigate your risk for colon cancer with regular screenings!