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The Importance Of Early
Detection & Treatment

Colon cancer is a potentially life-threatening disease affecting thousands of individuals in the U.S. annually. Often symptomless in its early stages, it can progress silently, making regular screenings crucial for early detection. Regular screenings are vital as they can detect benign polyps early, allowing for timely intervention and reducing the risk of cancer progression. At Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, we specialize in colon cancer screening and treatment.

Professional Screening for Colon Cancer

At Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, our professional colon cancer screening process is comprehensive and thorough. It typically involves a physical examination of the abdomen, a digital rectal exam, and a colonoscopy, allowing our skilled team to closely assess the health of the colon and rectum. Blood tests and imaging studies may also be conducted to gather more information. Dr. Moore and our staff take great care in obtaining an extensive medical and family history, enabling us to evaluate the patient’s individual cancer risk factors.

Signs & Symptoms of Colon Cancer:

  • Persistent changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation
  • Changes in stool consistency
  • Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal discomfort, including cramps, pain, or bloating
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Narrow stools
  • Feeling that the bowel is not completely empty after a bowel movement
  • In rare cases, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)

These symptoms may not necessarily indicate colon cancer, but it is important to consult with a healthcare professional if you experience any of them.

Candidates for Regular Colon Cancer Screening:

  • Individuals aged 50 and above, as recommended by most guidelines
  • Individuals with a family history of colon cancer or certain genetic conditions, such as Lynch syndrome or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
  • Individuals with a personal history of colorectal polyps or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Individuals with a history of radiation therapy to the abdomen or pelvis
  • Individuals with certain lifestyle factors that increase the risk, such as obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, or a sedentary lifestyle
  • Individuals with symptoms suggestive of colon cancer, such as unexplained weight loss, rectal bleeding, or changes in bowel habits

It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate timing and frequency of colon cancer screenings based on individual risk factors and guidelines.

Benefits of Regular Colon Cancer Screening:

  • Early detection of precancerous growths
  • Early detection of colon cancer
  • Increased chances of successful treatment
  • Prevention of cancer spread
  • Improved prognosis and outcomes
  • Peace of mind and reassurance

The Diagnosis of Colon Cancer: Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a vital diagnostic procedure used to detect and diagnose colon cancer. It involves the insertion of a flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope into the rectum and throughout the colon. This allows the physician to visualize the entire colon and identify any abnormalities, such as polyps or tumors. During the procedure, tissue samples may be collected for biopsy. Colonoscopy is a safe and effective method for early detection and plays a crucial role in diagnosing colon cancer.

The Surgical Removal of Benign Polyps

When polyps are detected during a colonoscopy, they are often removed during the same procedure. This approach involves using specialized tools to excise the polyps from the lining of the colon. Removing these polyps eliminates the risk of them becoming cancerous and provides valuable insight into the patient’s overall colon health. Our team specializes in the safe and effective removal of benign polyps to ensure optimal colon health.

Regular Colon Cancer Screenings After Colonoscopy

After a colonoscopy, regular colon cancer screenings remain crucial for ongoing monitoring and early detection. Depending on individual risk factors and the results of the initial colonoscopy, follow-up screenings may be recommended. These screenings may include repeat colonoscopies at specific intervals or alternative tests, such as fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) or stool DNA tests. Regular screenings are essential to ensure continued vigilance and promote optimal colon health.

Schedule Your Consultation

Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, led by our esteemed board-certified surgeon Dr. Jacqueline Moore, is dedicated to providing exceptional care for colon cancer screening and treatment. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Moore, a surgical specialist, brings expertise and compassion to every patient. Located in Stone Ridge, we invite you to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns, receive personalized recommendations, and take proactive steps toward your colon health. Don’t hesitate to reach out and prioritize your well-being today.

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