Don't hesitate to seek medical attention if you experience any of the
symptoms in this attached article. Colon cancer can be a silent killer
because the symptoms are so often ignored. And, if your immediate
family member has ever been diagnosed with it, your chances are
GETTING SCREENED BEFORE SYMPTOMS APPEAR IS THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT COLON CANCER FROM SPREADING.
SCREENINGS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!
If colon symptoms
do occur, they can let you know you have a problem and should go to the
doctor. Most of the time, these same symptoms are caused by something
that isn’t cancer, such as infection, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel
syndrome, or inflammatory bowel disease. Still, if you have any of these
problems, it's important to see your doctor right away so the cause can
be found and treated, if needed:
A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
Rectal bleeding, dark stools, or blood in the stool (often, though, the stool will look normal)
Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain
Weakness and fatigue
Unintended weight loss
INFORMATION FROM THIS LINK :
Screening could save your life
colon cancer is found early, before it has spread, the 5-year survival
rate is 90%. This means 9 out of 10 people with early-stage cancer
survive at least 5 years. But if the cancer has had a chance to spread
outside the colon, survival rates are lower.
How do they know if it’s cancer?
your doctor finds something suspicious during a screening test, or if
you have any of the symptoms associated with colon cancer, your doctor
will probably recommend exams and tests to find the cause.
Your doctor may want to take a complete medical history to check for symptoms and risk factors
including your family history. As many as 1 in 5 people who develop
colon cancer have other family members – especially parents, brothers
and sisters, or children – who’ve had it. (Still, most colon cancers
occur in people without a family history of it.) Having other colon
problems can also increase risk. This includes pre-cancerous polyps,
ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and hereditary syndromes such as
familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colon
cancer (HNPCC), also known as Lynch syndrome. Having type 2 diabetes can
also increase risk.
As part of a
physical exam, your doctor will carefully feel your abdomen and also
examine the rest of your body. You might also get certain blood tests to
help determine if you might have colon cancer.
Your doctor may also recommend more tests, such as colonoscopy or an x-ray or CT scan
of your colon. If colon cancer is strongly suspected, it is typically
biopsied during a colonoscopy. In a biopsy, the doctor removes small
pieces of tissue with a special instrument passed through the scope. The
biopsy samples are then looked at under a microscope for cancer cells.
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