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Facts You Should Know about Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and is the fourth most commonly diagnosed form of cancer. The good news --- it is one of the most detectable, and if found early, most treatable kinds of cancer.

This is why regular screenings are important, particularly if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • Age 50 or older, or age 45 for those at high risk
  • Certain ethnic groups at higher risk including African Americans, Jews of Eastern European descent, Native Americans, Alaskan natives and Latinos
  • History of colorectal cancer or polyps (family or personal)
  • Personal history of type 2 diabetes, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Individuals with the genetic conditions Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colon Cancer (HNPCC) or Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)
  • Consume a diet high in fat and red meat, and low in calcium, folate and fiber
  • Sedentary lifestyle or obesity
  • Smoking
  • Experiencing signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer

Our colorectal cancer risk assessment can help you understand your risk for developing this cancer.

 

Colorectal Signs and Symptoms

While colorectal cancer is most curable in the early stages, colon cancer symptoms don’t often appear until later. In fact, it is frequently called the silent killer. If you or a loved one is experiencing the following signs or symptoms that may indicate colon or rectal cancer, please see one of our primary care physicians at Gwinnett Medical Center as soon as possible:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Anemia
  • Blood in the stool, especially if it looks dark
  • Changes in bowel habits such as persistent diarrhea, constipation or narrowing of the stool
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort such as cramps, bloating, pain or gas
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness and fatigue

 

Early detection saves lives. To request a FREE colorectal cancer screening kit, fill out our convenient online form or call 678-312-5000 and select option 1.