Colon screenings in Chicagoland | Ascension
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Schedule a colonoscopy in greater Chicagoland

Specialists at Ascension Illinois offer colonoscopy to help detect polyps and colon cancer early. Schedule a colon screening.

Getting colon screenings may help find polyps and cancer early, when they are most treatable. When polyps and cancer are found early, there may be more options for treatment too. Experienced specialists at Ascension Illinois provide colonoscopies to help detect polyps. During your colonoscopy, you'll receive anesthesia before the colonoscope — a long, flexible tube containing a small camera — is inserted into your colon. This camera helps find polyps. While not every polyp is cancerous, they can become cancerous in the future. That’s why it's important to identify, and sometimes remove, polyps. After your colonoscopy, we share the results with your doctor.

We recommend men and women get their first colonoscopy at age 45. You may need to get a colonoscopy earlier if you have a personal or family history of polyps or colon cancer, or if you have symptoms such as:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Unexplained weight loss

We make getting a screening easier. You can schedule a colonoscopy without a referral or initial consultation. You should ask your insurance provider for questions about coverage for screenings without a doctor’s referral.


Connected to a network of care at Ascension Illinois

At Ascension Illinois, our care teams are ready to answer any questions you may have about colon screenings. If you need more care, including more advanced treatment options, you are connected to compassionate care teams and specialists right for you.

Our care teams listen to your concerns and work with you to determine the appropriate care plan. If cancer is detected, our cancer care team has proactive treatments that help your long-term needs. Our radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and specialty care surgeons deliver advanced care for all stages of colorectal cancer.