If there was a way you could help prevent colon cancer wouldn’t you do it? Doctors suggest that by listening to your body and paying attention to changes in your bowel habits you may be able to do just that.
Changes in your bowel habits can be a signal that something is wrong. Symptoms of colon cancer can include changes in the consistency and shape of your stool, blood in the stool, persistent abdominal pain and unexplained weight loss. Paying attention to these symptoms and talking with your doctor could be a life saving decision.
Colon polyps are an abnormal accumulation of cells that grow outwardly in the colon and eventually turn cancerous. When colon polyps are found early they can be removed before they become cancerous or in early stages of cancer. Colon cancer is more easily treated when found in its earliest stages and has more successful treatment outcomes.
It is suggested that the average person should begin colon cancer screening at age 50, but some people may need to begin earlier screenings. Your doctor may suggest earlier screening if you have changes in your bowel habits, a family history of colon cancer or some genetic conditions putting you at greater risk for colon cancer. Talk to your doctor and know your colon cancer risks to help decide when to begin colon cancer screenings and what screening tool is right for you. The doctors at Asheville Gastro are committed to helping you reduce your risk of colon cancer. If you are age 50 and have never been screened for colon cancer, contact us today!