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Due to inclement weather the Advancements in Breast Cancer event scheduled for Tuesday, February 20 is cancelled. Compass Oncology Business Office, East, Rose Quarter and Tualatin locations will open late on Wednesday at 10 am. Be safe!

Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis

If you have screening test results that suggest colorectal cancer or you have symptoms, your doctor must find out whether they are due to cancer or some other cause. Your doctor asks about your personal and family medical history and gives you a physical exam.

If your physical exam and test results do not suggest cancer, your doctor may decide that no further tests are needed and no treatment is necessary. However, your doctor may recommend a schedule for checkups.

If tests show an abnormal area (such as a polyp), a biopsy to check for cancer cells may be necessary. Often, the abnormal tissue can be removed during colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. A pathologist checks the tissue for cancer cells using a microscope.