MANNING - The American Cancer Society has estimated that the number of cases of new colorectal cancer for 2018 will approach the 100,000 mark.
With a projected increase in the number of patients diagnosed with new colorectal cancer, McLeod Heath Clarendon is stressing the importance of colonoscopies. Excluding skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women across the United States.
When found early, colorectal cancer can often be cured. During the past few decades, the treatment for colon cancer has improved, resulting in more than 1 million survivors of colorectal cancer living in the United States.
Symptoms of the disease include a change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, blood in the stool and weight loss. With colorectal cancer, sometimes there are no symptoms until the late stages of the disease. When symptoms are noticed, the disease may have already advanced. Because of these factors, doctors stress the importance of being checked before the appearance of any symptoms.
On average, people should be getting a colonoscopy at the age of 50. Individuals who are at high risk because of a family history of colorectal cancer or those who have health conditions that predispose them to colon cancer should be screened at an earlier age. While there are tests available to diagnose colon cancer without a colonoscopy, these tests may not be as reliable or effective as the procedure.
If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms, maybe it's time to see a doctor.
Dr. Devonne Barrineau at McLeod Health Clarendon can help you with any questions you may have. To schedule a colonoscopy, call MCH at (803) 435-2822.
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