Colon Cancer Program
Colorectal cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups.
- Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States.
- More than 130,000 Americans have colorectal cancer with the disease taking the lives of more than 50,000 Americans every year.
- Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 21 (4.7%) for men and 1 in 23 (4.4%) for women.
- Over 90% of new cases occur in people aged 50 or older although incidence in those younger than 50 is on the rise.
Colon or rectal cancer often has no symptoms until it’s at an advanced stage where symptoms may include rectal bleeding, stomach cramps, weight loss, a change in bowel habits or tiredness. However, colorectal cancer is preventable and treatable. Early detection is the key to preventing and treating the disease. With regular screening, colorectal cancer can be found early when treatment is easiest and most effective. In many cases, screening can prevent colon cancer by finding and removing polyps before they become cancer. If cancer is present, earlier detection means a chance at a longer life.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone starting at age 50 to get screened as the risk for developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. Family history, ethnicity and race can put an individual in a high-risk group and make them a candidate for early colon cancer screening. Many insurance plans and Medicare help pay for colorectal cancer screenings.
Since the mid-1980s, the colon cancer survival rate has been increasing, due in part to increased awareness of screening, screening options and improved treatment options. There are now more than one million colon cancer survivors in the United States.
A simple, safe and accurate colorectal screening test via colonoscopy could save your life. Colonoscopies are a valuable test as they not only detect cancer, they actually prevent it by allowing doctors to remove polyps before they become cancer. If you’re aged 50 or older, or you have a family history of colon polyps or cancer, and would like to be tested, schedule a consultation with our Board Certified gastroenterologist Dr. Raza Hamdani. With more than 20 years of experience and having performed more than 10,000 endoscopic procedures, Dr. Hamdani is one of the most highly trained and experienced gastroenterologists.
You’ll get the highest quality of trusted care for your colorectal concerns with Dr. Hamdani at Advanced Gastroenterology. Call us today at 630.882.9303.