Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. But early stage colon or rectal cancer is usually free of symptoms. Which is one of the reasons a screening colonoscopy can easily be pushed to the back of the “to do” list. When something is causing you pain or impacting your quality of life, it is easy to remember to visit your doctor. But you’re busy. And with a “to-do’ list a mile long, it can be a lot tougher to take a proactive approach to managing your health. Especially, when it includes a procedure that can be less than appealing. But at Overland Park Regional Medical Center we’ve got your backside. We offer a free, online colon cancer risk assessment to help you get an idea of your personal risk, as well as many colorectal cancer screening options to fit your personal needs.
Colon Cancer Prevention
Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the best ways to prevent colon cancer. Deaths from colon cancer have been dropping for the past 20 years. Routine colonoscopy screening allows polyps to be detected and removed before they become cancerous. Cancer can also be found earlier, when it is most treatable. But even with all the benefits of screening, there are still many people over 50 years old or who are high-risk that are not up-to-date on their colorectal cancer screening.
A Colonoscopy is the gold standard for colon cancer screening. But we know that it isn’t the most appealing procedure. However, the thought and anticipation is usually much worse than the reality. Watch the video below to hear about other KC area patients’ colonoscopy experience:
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Colorectal Cancer Treatment
At Overland Park Regional Medical Center, having your backside doesn’t stop at cancer screening. The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Overland Park Regional Medical Center offers complete colon cancer care. A dedicated multidisciplinary team of physicians collaborate to ensure every patient has a treatment plan built specifically for them with the quickest time to treatment possible.
What is Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is cancer that occurs in the large intestines or rectum (connects the intestines to the anus). Almost 95 percent of all colon or rectal cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancer that begins in cells that produce mucus or other fluids) These tumors generally begin as polyps (small non-cancerous growths).
Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer
Colon cancer usually doesn’t have any symptoms in its’ early stages.. That’s why it’s so important to know the symptoms of and to speak with your physician if you have concerns. Symptoms include:
- Weight loss without changing your diet or exercise habits
- Chronic exhaustion
- Any change in your bathroom routine
- Stool that is thinner than normal
- Blood in your poop(can be bright red, black or tar-like)
- Trouble going to the bathroom
- A feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
- Discomfort such as gas, bloating, fullness or cramping
Colon Cancer Facts
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|About what percent of people over 50 years old have colon polyps?|
|It is still the ___ leading cause of cancer death in the United States?|
|According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, the average lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about 1 in ___?|
|One in ___ colon cancer patients are under the age of 50?|