Colon Cancers FAQs

Gastroenterology Associates of Rochester in Rochester, NY is here for patients struggling with colon cancer. According to the CDC, colon cancer or colorectal cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. We can help with diagnosis and treatment, but colonoscopies at our practice are the most important screening tool for preventing colon cancer. Read the most common questions we get about colon cancer, and contact us today for more information from your gastroenterologist.

What Causes Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the colon form polyps, and the polyps can become cancerous over time. People with inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, have a higher risk of developing colon cancer, as well as those with any family history of the disease. Your risk of developing colon cancer also increases as you age. Most people diagnosed with colon cancer are over 50 years of age.

What Are the Symptoms?

Colon cancer may not cause any symptoms early on, but as the cancer grows you could experience:

  • Changes in bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation
  • Narrow stools
  • Blood in the stool
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue

How Can I Prevent Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is treatable if caught early, but most patients don't experience any symptoms in the early stages, which is why regular screenings like colonoscopies are so important for preventing cancer. Once you reach the age of 50, you should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. Your doctor may recommend sooner if you have a family history. During a colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist examines the colon and can remove any precancerous polyps before they become harmful.

Healthy lifestyle choices like maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular physical activity can reduce your risk of developing colon cancer.

Get Answers Today

When you have questions about colon cancer in Rochester, NY, Gastroenterology Associates of Rochester is here for you with a dedicated team of gastroenterologists. Contact us for an appointment at (585) 720-1550.

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