Posted By Author on March 14, 2022
In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Charleston GI is shining the light on a disease that claims far too many lives right here in our community. While our gastroenterologists focus year-round on preventing colorectal cancer, we would like to take this opportunity to answer a few commonly asked questions.
Colon cancer impacts the large intestine and is the third-leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women. Colorectal cancer is a broader term, including cancers of the colon and rectum. Despite a major push for prevention through routine screenings, there are still over 101,000 new cases of colon cancer every year in the U.S.
Why Was Blue Chosen to Represent Colon Cancer Awareness?
A blue star symbol was chosen by the Roundtable in 2004 to represent the fight against colorectal cancer. It was chosen in memory of the lives lost, with the star shining in hope of a colorectal cancer-free future.
In many cases, colon cancer patients do not feel any pain at all during the disease’s early stages. Some may experience a dull belly ache that progresses over time to a more persistent pain or chronic cramping. The severity and location of the discomfort varies, and because symptoms can also point to other common GI issues, it is important to visit your gastroenterologist.
While you may not experience any symptoms in early stages, these symptoms may arise at colon cancer progresses to later stages:
These risk factors may boost your chances of developing colon cancer:
These lifestyle changes can help decrease your risk of colon cancer:
Colon cancer is one of the most treatable and curable forms of cancer when caught early. So many can be protected from this cancer, which why colon cancer awareness so vital. Surgery is the recommended treatment for about half of patients, making it the most common route to remission. Because recurrence is a major concern, our gastroenterologists will continue to monitor you regularly.
Screenings save lives, so schedule your colonoscopy today! With three endoscopy centers to choose from, Charleston GI has made getting your colon cancer screening more convenient than ever. Plus, there is no referral needed!
When Should I Be Screened For Colon Cancer?
If you are 45 years old or older, schedule your colon cancer screening today! If you have any risk factors of colon cancer, talk to your gastroenterologist to find out when to get a colonoscopy.
Offering 4 convenient locations throughout the Lowcountry in Summerville, Carnes Crossroads, Mount Pleasant and West Ashley we are ready to help! Our team of highly-qualified specialists are committed to providing a higher standard of caring – and relief from digestive symptoms today!
No referral needed!