Our Gastroenterology Blog
Posts for: October, 2015
Find out if certain symptoms you’re experiencing could be warning signs of colon cancer.
Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States? Anywhere from 200,000 to 3 million new cases will be diagnosed in the US each year. Find out what puts both men and women at risk for developing this form of cancer and what symptoms are telling you that it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Bala Cynwyd gastroenterologist Dr. Geoffrey Braden.
Symptoms of Colon Cancer
Since symptoms often appear once colon cancer has spread it’s important to get screened routinely even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms. When colon cancer is found through a routine screening it is usually easy to treat. If you do experience symptoms then it’s imperative that you see your gastroenterologist in Bala Cynwyd right away.
While many of these symptoms can also be indicative of other less serious issues like an infection or hemorrhoids, it’s still important not to take your symptoms lightly. If you experience any of these symptoms it’s time to schedule an appointment with us:
- Any changes in bowel function (e.g. diarrhea; constipation) that last for more than a couple of days
- Not feeling relieved after having a bowel movement
- Dark or bloody stools
- Abdominal pain
- Unexpected weight loss
Who should be screened for colon cancer?
The American Cancer Society recommends that everyone get routine screening starting at age 50. Those with a family history of colon cancer or those at risk should talk to us about the benefits of getting screened earlier in life. These screenings help us detect issues before they become too serious. In fact, if colon cancer is detected early enough before it has actually spread the 5-year survival rate is 90 percent.
Are there any GI symptoms that are concerning you? Don’t ignore them. Turn to Gastrointestinal Specialists in Bala Cynwyd to diagnose and treat all of your gastrointestinal problems.
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