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Colon Cancer Screening

Regular screenings are key to avoiding colon cancer or catching it in its early stages when treatment is most effective. Gastroenterologists at Utica Park Clinic, part of Hillcrest HealthCare System, will guide you through the entire process.

Why is screening for colorectal cancer important?

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. This type of cancer can be treated or even prevented through regular screening.

What types of screenings can I choose from?

While there are different types of colorectal cancer screenings, a colonoscopy is the most effective method for your doctor to view your entire colon and look for any areas of concern. However, you should talk to your doctor about what screening option is best for you.

What is a colonoscopy?

Your physician uses a small camera attached to a thin, flexible tube to examine the entire colon. While looking for any signs of cancer, he or she can detect abnormal growths, known as polyps, in the colon or rectum and remove them before they turn cancerous.

Prior to the procedure, you will receive sedatives through an IV. The entire process generally takes 30 to 60 minutes. You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure.

When should I start screening?

Adults without a family history of colorectal cancer should begin screening at age 45. If you are African American or your family has a history of colorectal cancer, ask your doctor when you should begin screening. Contact your health insurance provider to determine if colonoscopy is a covered service for you.

How do I prepare for my colonoscopy?

You will receive your colonoscopy preparation instructions well before your procedure date.

You may be required to adjust your diet. You will need to consume a prescription laxative drink that will allow you to empty and clean your bowel entirely before the procedure.

Wear loose clothing and stay near the bathroom. Plan ahead so you have the time and privacy you need to complete the preparation process. Ask your physician any questions you have.

How long does recovery take after a colonoscopy?

Typically, the only recovery needed is allowing the sedative to wear off. That normally occurs in less than 24 hours. A vast majority of patients return to work the next day. Avoid driving the day of the procedure.


Colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening are offered in a comfortable setting with minimal discomfort. For more information on screening for colorectal cancer, watch the following videos:

Utica Park Clinic offers colonoscopy at the following Hillcrest hospitals:

Hillcrest Medical Center
1120 S. Utica Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

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Hillcrest Hospital South
8801 S. 101st E. Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74133

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Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital
6901 S. Olympia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74132

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Bailey Medical Center
10502 N. 110th E. Ave.
Owasso, OK 74055

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Hillcrest Hospital Claremore
1202 N. Muskogee Pl.
Claremore, OK 74017

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Hillcrest Hospital Henryetta
2401 W. Main St.
Henryetta, OK 74437

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Hillcrest Hospital Pryor
111 N. Bailey St.
Pryor, OK 74361

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Hillcrest Hospital Cushing
1027 E. Cherry St.
Cushing, OK 74023

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For more information or to schedule your colonoscopy, please call the Utica Park Clinic Colorectal Cancer Screening Center at