Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal Cancer Screening2018-09-11T13:39:56+00:00

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer (also known as colon cancer) is cancer of the large intestine (colon & rectum) that occurs when precancerous polyps form over a number of years in the lining of the colon or rectum and become cancerous.

If caught early before any symptoms arise, surgery can cure colorectal cancer. Finding colorectal cancer early leads to easier treatments and higher survival rates.  Call Gastroenterology Associates of Florida today to learn more 561-964-8221

Facts About  Colorectal Cancer:

  • As of 2015, colorectal cancer is the third-most common cause of cancer in both men and women. It is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
  • While men and women have the same lifetime risk for CRC, men are at higher risk than women at any given age.
  • Many people do not get polyps until after the age of 50.
  • People with a higher risk of getting colorectal cancer often get polyps before the age of 50.
  • To lower the chance of colorectal cancer, it is vital to get screened at the right time.
  • If you are at average risk, start screening at age 50.
  • If you think you might be at high risk for colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor early, before age 50, to make a screening plan that’s right for you.

Colon Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life

  • With routine colorectal cancer screening, more than one-third of colorectal cancer deaths can be avoided.
  • Many tests can help find precancerous and cancerous growths. Finding them early could save your life.
  • Colorectal cancer screening is safe and effective.
  • Finding and getting rid of colon polyps prevents colon cancer, no matter what your risk is.
  • With simple steps, you can lower your risk of getting the disease. Talk to a gastroenterologist.

Symptoms

Colorectal cancer mostly starts with no symptoms at all, which is why routine screening beginning at age 50 for all normal-risk individuals is so important. 

Over time, though, there are a number of warning signs that can happen, such as:

  • Rectal bleeding.
  • Blood in your stool (bright red, black or very dark).
  • Temporary change in your bowel movements, especially in the shape of the stool (e.g., thin like a pencil).
  • Pain in having a bowel movement or the urge to move your bowels without having a bowel movement.
  • Frequent cramping pain in your lower belly.
  • Frequent gas pains.
  • Weight loss without dieting.

I feel fine. Why not wait for these symptoms to develop, rather than have a colonoscopy?

  • Colorectal cancers found in patients with symptoms are more advanced and less likely to be cured.
  • Colorectal cancers found in people without symptoms are not as advanced and more frequently cured.
  • Precancerous polyps usually cause no symptoms, and removal of these polyps prevents colon cancer.

What should I do if I have these symptoms?

If you are having any of the above symptoms, especially if you are at risk of colorectal cancer, call Gastroenterology Associates of Florida at  561-964-8221 right away. Your provider will ask questions about your symptoms and figure out the best diagnostic test for you.