The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) describes Colorectal Cancer (also known as colon cancer) as cancer of the colon and/or rectum and occurs when a growth in the lining of the colon or rectum becomes cancerous. Most colorectal cancers come from precancerous polyps that form over a number of years (five to 10) to become a cancer.  A polyp is a mushroom-like or flat growth on the inside wall of the colon or rectum. Polyps grow slowly over many years.

To prevent colorectal cancer, screenings are absolutely necessary. Colonoscopies allow doctors to proactively remove growths in the colon and rectum before they can become cancerous. Other tests can be done at home, and a doctor will follow-up with you if more tests are needed based on your results.

Facts about Colorectal Cancer:

  • According to the AGA, it’s the third most common cause of cancer in both men and women. It’s the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
  • Deaths for colon cancer have decreased in the last several years due to early detection as a result of colonoscopies.
  • Risks of development increase with age. According to the CDC, more than 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people aged 50 and older.
  • Colorectal Cancer can start without any symptoms. Over time, warning signs may include:
    • Rectal bleeding.
    • Blood in your stool.
    • Temporary change in your bowel movements, especially in the shape of the stool.
    • Pain in having a bowel movement or the urge to move your bowels without having a bowel movement.
    • Frequent cramping pain in your lower belly.
    • Frequent gas pains.
    • Unexplained weight loss.
  • You could have precancerous polyps and without any symptoms. That is why a screening test is important.  It could save your life.
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