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While colorectal cancer is one of the more common cancers affecting both men and women, it is curable through early detection. The best way to prevent colon cancer is to be screened. Polyps that may become cancerous can be removed with proper screening.

For early detection of polyps or abnormal cells in the colon, our screening options include:

  • Colonoscopy; used for colorectal cancer screening as well as to identify and remove suspect polyps
  • Direct-Access Colonoscopy; a screening used for low-risk patients
  • Sigmoidoscopy; which consists of a tiny camera and tube used for colorectal screenings and to identify polyps
  • Virtual Colonoscopy; which uses computed tomography (CT) technology to provide a 3-D image of your colon, without the need for the insertion of a probe, as with standard colonoscopy exams

For early detection of colon cancer, our screening options include:

  • Fecal Occult Blood Tests; which check for tiny amounts of blood in stool samples to look for cancer in the colon or rectum
  • Stool DNA combined with Fecal Occult Blood Tests; a newer test used to look for cancer cells and tiny amounts of blood in the stool

New Technologies for Colon Cancer Screening

Colon Health

Jefferson gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons perform a high volume of colonoscopies annually. We use the most advanced technologies for colonoscopy, which can improve detection of polyps and reduce inconvenience for patients who need a colorectal cancer screening. Genetic testing is also available.

Jefferson is one of only a few sites in the U.S. to offer capsule colonoscopy – a noninvasive method of evaluating the colon with a swallowed pill containing a camera, which is approved when your doctor cannot complete your colonoscopy for technical reasons.

If Cancer Is Found

If cancer is found in your colon or rectum and treatment is needed, you're in the right place. Our nationally renowned physicians have helped us earn our rankings among the nation's Best Hospitals for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery and Cancer by U.S.News & World Report.

You will have the combined expertise of Jefferson colorectal surgeons, medical oncologists, surgical pathologists, radiation oncologists, genetic counselors and radiologists. Your medical team will conduct a thorough evaluation and devise a personalized treatment plan based on the size of the tumor, where it's located, and the progression of your cancer. Our physicians may also determine if you're eligible to receive experimental treatments through clinical trials conducted at Jefferson on an ongoing basis.

Specialists are available at a variety of locations, including:

Center City Philadelphia
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Main Building, 4th Floor
132 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
South Philadelphia
Jefferson Methodist Hospital
Endoscopy Center
2301 South Broad Street, 2nd floor
Philadelphia, PA 19148

King of Prussia, PA
860 1st Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Jefferson Endoscopy Center at Bala
130 Presidential Blvd.
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Make an Appointment

Want to know your risk factors for colorectal cancer or get a routine screening?

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment.

Learn more about colorectal screening services at Abington-Jefferson Health.

We offer women 50 years and older – and those 40 years and older who have a family history of colon polyps or colon cancer – an opportunity to have two or three important women's cancer screenings in one visit:

Mammogram and colon cancer pre-screening
Thursdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Center City
Thursdays, 8 a.m. to noon in South Philadelphia


Mammogram, colon cancer prescreening and GYN exam
3rd Thursday of the month, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Center City

Female gastroenterologists will care for you, test results will be provided promptly, and a summary letter is sent to your primary care physician.


How to Schedule Screenings

Center City Philadelphia

Jefferson Breast Care Center
Medical Office Building
1100 Walnut Street
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

For screenings located at the Breast Care Center, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to schedule an appointment.

South Philadelphia

Jefferson Methodist Hospital
Women's Diagnostic Center
2301 South Broad Street
2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19148

For screenings located at Jefferson's Methodist Hospital, call 215-952-1234 to schedule an appointment.