Colorectal Cancer is the 5th Leading Cause of Death in the USA
HDH offers the full range of GI endoscopy services utilizing board certified gastroenterologists colorectal surgeons and state-of-the-art technology with the latest advances seen in much larger facilities and GI labs. From diagnosis, treatment, and intervention, we offer a continuum of care provided by caring and competent staff in a comfortable environment in an outpatient setting. Contact us to learn more.
Colorectal cancer is a “man’s disease.” Fact: Each year 71,000 men are diagnosed and 64,000 women are diagnosed.
Colorectal cancer cannot be prevented. Fact: Colorectal cancer begins frequently with the growth of a very small polyp. When found early and removed, the polyp cannot progress into colon cancer.
African Americans are not at risk. Fact: African Americans die at higher rates from colorectal cancer than any other ethnicity.
Age doesn’t matter. Fact: Most colorectal cancers are diagnosed in those fifty years of age and higher. Screening is typically advised at age fifty BUT only in the absence of symptoms and family history. Screening will almost certainly begin earlier if either of these two factors are present.
Colorectal cancer cannot be treated. Fact: It is highly treatable and if discovered early, the five year survival rate is around 90%.
Screening and Testing Methods
Guaiac stools or a test to determine if blood is present in a bowel movement
Contrast barium enema
Virtual colonoscopy or CT colonography
Surgery to remove part or all of any given section of diseased colon.
A combination of more than one of the above options
Signs and Symptoms
A change in bowel habits, such as constipation or a narrowing of the bowel movement
A feeling that you have to have a BM that is NOT relieved by doing so
Weakness and fatigue
Unintended weight loss
Who Treats Colorectal Cancer?
Maintain a healthy weight without being underweight
Eat 2.5 cups of fruits/vegetables every day
Opt for whole grain foods versus refined grains
Limit red and processed meats
For women, limit alcohol intake to one drink a day; for men, two drinks