Jessamine County Coroner

Colerectal Cancer

 

Colorectal cancer is a major killer of adults in our society. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer in men.

·         Screening-a test that should be performed on everyone over 50.

·         Colonoscopy-the primary screening test that is performed by a physician, usually a gastroenterologist. Your primary care provider will provide a consult to this physician for you.

·         People at Risk:

·         Those who already have colorectal polyps or growths

·         People who consume high-fat diets

·         People with Ulcerative Colitis

·         People with Crohn’s Disease

·         People who have a family history of colorectal cancer

·         Symptoms

·         Blood in stool

·         Narrow stool

·         Change in bowel habits (frequency of using bathroom)

·         General stomach discomfort

·         None-Most patients who have polyps or early colorectal cancer have no symptoms at all

·         Treatment

·         If the doctor finds polyps or small growths in the colon or rectum, they will be removed and sent to a lab to determine if cancer is present. In most cases, it will not be. If cancer is present, it is highly curable and the earlier detected the better!

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