Colon (and Rectal) Cancer is the #2 killer cancer in the United States. We have about 200,000 cases a year. 1 in 22 of us will develop Colon/Rectal Cancer is our lifetime.
What is Colon/Rectal Cancer?
This is a malignant tumor that begins in the lining of the colon and rectum, usually as a small benign polyp that grows, eventually changing into a cancer that then invades nearby organs and spreads by the blood stream and lymphatics to distant sites.
Should I be checked for Colon/Rectal Cancer?
The quick answer is YES....
- If you are over 45
- Have a family member that had Colon/Rectal Cancer
- Have noticed blood mixed with your stool
- Have noticed your stool changing in size, shape, consistency or frequency.
- Unexplained bloating, weight loss or anemia.
How will my doctor check me for Colon/Rectal Cancer?
Your doctor will start with listening to your complaints, ask a few relevant questions about your family history and will then do a thorough physical examination. This will include a rectal examination and a test for blood in your stool. If necessary a colonoscopy will be recommended.
Are there other tests for Colon/Rectal Cancer?
Yes, but the colonoscopy is the gold standard and should be the index test.
Other alternatives are:
- Colo Guard
- Air Contrast Barium Enema
- CT Colonography
How is Colon/Rectal Cancer treated, once found?
Usually you will be scheduled for a surgery to remove the involved segment of colon and adjacent lymph nodes. Often this can be done laparoscopically, with the assistance of a robot, resulting in precise resection, shorter and less painful hospital stay with quicker return to normal activities. In the case of rectal cancer, you may need a course of pre operative radiation/chemotherapy.
ColoProctology Associates & nasaHernia provides comprehensive care for Colon/Rectal Cancer and it's prevention. Use the online booking tool or call the office to book your evaluation today.