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Colorectal Cancer Screening

At UVA we're committed to the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table’s shared goal of 80 percent of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

To reach this goal, we offer several different options for colorectal cancer screening. Talk to your primary care provider to determine which type of screening is best for you.

Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)

The fecal immunochemical test, or FIT test, is a non-invasive test which looks for hidden blood in the stool which can be an early sign of colorectal cancer. This test detects only human blood in the lower intestines. Food and medicine do not interfere with the results, resulting in fewer false positives and greater accuracy.


Available by prescription only, this non-invasive, FDA-approved stool test identifies altered DNA in your stool which may indicate colorectal cancer. This test is delivered to your home and, once you have collected a sample, is sent directly to the lab for testing. Your doctor will receive the results. 


Colonoscopy uses a flexible tube with a camera to examine your entire colon. Any potentially pre-cancerous polyps found can be removed during the procedure. You will have to undergo bowel preparation for this procedure and, since you'll be sedated, you will not be allowed to drive after the procedure so you'll need have someone who can drive you home.

Virtual Colonoscopy

Virtual colonoscopy is a sophisticated technique using a combination of a CT scanner, powerful digital processing, virtual reality computer software and a computer workstation to look inside the body without having to insert a long tube into the colon (conventional colonoscopy) or having to fill the colon with liquid barium (barium enema). This test requires the same bowel preparation as a colonoscopy but, if no polyps are found, will allow you to drive home since you will not be sedated for this test.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Considered a “limited colonoscopy”, sigmoidoscopy uses a flexible tube with a camera to examine only the lower third of the colon to diagnose the cause of rectal bleeding, diarrhea, constipation, rectal pain and colorectal cancer. Typically, this can be performed without sedation, however, if sedation is needed, the patient must be accompanied by a driver. 

Learn about the types of colorectal cancer, as well as associated symptoms, risk factors and more.