Colon Cancer Overview, Care and Prevention

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer affects more than 145,000 Americans annually, 50,000 of whom will die from the disease. If you are age 50 or older or have a family history of colorectal cancer, please speak to your doctor about a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a simple outpatient procedure that can prevent colon cancer from developing. There are many misconceptions about colonoscopies and preparation for the procedure. If you want to learn the truth about colonoscopies, how they save lives and need advice on how to prepare for your colonoscopy, visit our website at www.regionalgi.com. Here, you can read blogs from our experts and find a doctor who performs this life-saving procedure. Learn more at www.regionalgi.com.

Overview
Colon cancer is a malignant growth that arises from the lining of the colon or rectum. Most colon cancer arises slowly from the growth of a benign polyp. The majority of colon cancer occures sporadically. However, colon cancer can also be hereditary and arise from genetic abnormalities which are transmitted from a parent. The incidence of colon cancer increase with advancing age and is most commonly seen in people over age 50.

Symptoms
Symptoms of colorectal cancer depend on the location of the tumor and whether it is confided to the colon or has penetrated through the bowel wall. Right sided colon cancers typically cause chronic blood loss which may result in anemia. Left sided colon cancers may produce rectal bleeding or symptoms of bowel obstruction. Early stage colon cancer may cause no symptoms at all. Ideally, these early tumors should be detected by screening before symptoms arise.

Testing
For people with localized cancer, the optimal treatment is complete surgical removal of the affected section of colon. If the disease has spread beyond the wall of the colon, additional treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be necessary.

Scheduling a colonoscopy screening is easy. Meet with one of our board-certified GI specialists today. All of our physicians are well-trained and eager to assist you during all stages of diagnosis and treatment. Regional Gi values the digestive health of our patients. Please contact us today.