Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in America. More people die every year in America from colon cancer than from prostate or breast cancer.
Most people with early cases of colon cancer have no symptoms and feel fine. Symptoms that can develop include rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea and weight loss.
Colon cancer occurs most commonly after age 50, although it is sometimes seen in younger people. People with a family history of colon polyps or colon cancer are at increased risk of getting colon cancer. However, most people who get colon cancer have no history of colon cancer in their family. Just as many women as men get colon cancer.
Colon cancer often develops from small non-cancerous growths in the colon called polyps. Studies have shown that by undergoing a test called colonoscopy and having colon polyps removed up to 90% of all cases of colon cancer can be prevented.
The American Cancer Society recommends that all Americans age 50 and over be screened for colon cancer even if they feel fine. People with a history of colon cancer or colonic polyps in their family may need to be screened at a younger age. In addition, anyone having symptoms such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea or weight loss may need to be checked before age 50.
Studies have shown that up to 90% of all cases of colon cancer could be prevented by proper screening. Most colon cancers develop from benign non-cancerous growths called polyps. By undergoing a test called colonoscopy, polyps can be removed before they develop into a cancer. In this manner, colon cancer can be prevented.
Colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure. Sedation is given during the procedure so most people report minimal or no discomfort during the procedure.
The physicians at Hackensack Digestive Disease Associates are all board-certified, University-trained gastroenterologists with expertise in performing colonoscopy.
Please note: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only. The information may or may not apply to any individual patient. Absolutely no guarantees are made as to the success of any evaluation/treatment program. Specifically, while colon cancer can be prevented in many cases, it cannot be prevented in all cases even with ideal testing and treatment.