Colorectal Cancer – A Serious Health Risk That’s Preventable and Treatable
Colorectal cancer is a serious health problem, causing 50,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, making it the third leading cause of cancer deaths. Also called colon cancer and rectal cancer, it originates from the development of precancerous tumors in the colon known as polyps, small growths that can form in the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Symptoms of colorectal cancer can include rectal bleeding and anemia, often accompanied by weight loss and a change in bowel habits. The majority of patients have no presenting symptoms, making a screening colonoscopy very important. When present, symptoms vary based on the location of the tumor and the progression of the disease. The most important fact to know about colorectal cancer is that it is preventable with proper screening, and treatable when discovered before it fully develops. At our advanced endoscopy center, Palmadessa & Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates provides patients throughout Queens, New Hyde Park, Laurelton, Douglaston, Bayside, Little Neck, and beyond with complete endoscopic services to screen, prevent, and treat colorectal cancer.
Diagnosing and Treating Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is mainly caused by a combination of lifestyle and age, though some cases are genetically determined. High consumption of alcohol, fat, or red meat, smoking and obesity are all associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. People with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are at increased risk for developing colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends everyone over age 50, or those over the age of 40 with a family history or other risk factors, be screened for colorectal cancer. A colonoscopy can detect polyps that can be removed painlessly, to prevent transformation into colon cancer. These screenings can be performed on an outpatient basis and usually take less than 30 minutes. Take charge of your GI health and join the fight against colorectal cancer. Call or email us today to schedule your screening!