Cancer is a condition in which cell growth spirals out of control. Colorectal cancer begins in either the rectum or the colon. You may hear your cancer called colon cancer or rectal cancer.
Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer. According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), you should be screened annually from age 50-75 using colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing.
You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, and then continue getting screened at regular intervals. Certain patients should begin screening earlier, including those who:
Colorectal cancer can generally be identified through fecal occult blood testing, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy. If cancer is suspected, specimens are taken during the procedure and sent to the lab for evaluation.
Treatment depends on the stage and size of your cancerous growths. Some treatments used for colon cancer include:
In addition, Dr. Tootla may recommend palliative care to ensure your pain and symptoms are managed throughout the process.
Colon cancer must be treated by a specialist. If you’ve been diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer, you should be referred to a colon and rectal surgeon or oncologist for next steps. Keep in mind that you have the right to choose your own specialist; simply let your primary care doctor know to whom you would like to be referred for treatment.
At Dr. Farouk Tootla's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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