Colorectal cancer ranks as the third most common form of cancer in the United States, with most cases occurring in people over 50. This alarming statistic underlines the vital importance of regular colorectal screenings.
Understanding Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer results from abnormal cells in the rectum or colon dividing uncontrollably. A critical early detection and prevention step involves looking for colon or rectal polyps and precancerous growths through a colorectal exam. These can be removed if necessary, significantly reducing the risk of colorectal cancer.
Symptoms and Detection
Common symptoms may include abdominal pain, bowel habit changes ( stool consistency and size), constipation, or diarrhea. Some people have also experienced weight loss, excessive gas, and fatigue.
The best way to check for colorectal cancer is with a colonoscopy, which allows a doctor to see the patient’s entire rectum and colon and identify any polyps and tumors. A colonoscopy passes a narrow, long, adjustable tube inside the colon through the rectum. The box has a small video camera and light that transmits data to a video display.
Sigmoidoscopy is an alternative diagnostic procedure that allows your doctor to examine the lower colon and rectum for polyps. A sigmoid scope is a narrow, flexible illuminated tube that contains a small video camera placed into the rectum. This procedure takes only 10 to 20 minutes; most people do not need sedatives or tranquilizers.
Regular Screening is Key
Screening is recommended for everyone ages 45 to 75 years. Suppose you are over 45 or have a family history of colorectal cancer. In that case, contacting your primary care physician is advised to discuss scheduling a colonoscopy as an outpatient procedure.
At-Home Testing Kits
Colorectal cancer screening is a crucial preventive measure that can save lives. It is an opportunity to detect and treat any abnormalities before they develop into cancer. OurDoctor strongly recommends using an at-home testing kit. These kits are delivered directly to your door. Results can be received online within a few days. All information is confidential and detailed instructions are included with each testing kit.
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