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Cancer Of The Colon And Rectum

Cancer of the colon and rectum, also known as colorectal cancer, is a type of cancer that affects the large intestine. It is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second one that takes the most lives per year in the USA. Early detection and treatment are crucial for successful outcomes.

Medical illustration of Cancer of the Colon and Rectum, showing abnormal growths in the lining of the colon and rectum.
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Symptoms of Cancer Of The Colon And Rectum

It is important to know that initially colon and rectal cancer produce zero symptoms. Later, symptoms of colon and rectal cancer may include changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation, blood in the stool, abdominal pain, fatigue, and unintended weight loss.

Diagnosis of Cancer Of The Colon And Rectum

The diagnosis of colon and rectal cancer typically involves a combination of imaging tests, such as colonoscopy or CT scans, and a biopsy to confirm the presence of cancer cells. Early detection is critical in improving the outcomes of treatment.

Risk factors for Cancer Of The Colon And Rectum

Several factors increase the risk of developing colon and rectal cancer, including age, a family history of the disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and a diet high in red meat and processed foods.

Prevention for Cancer Of The Colon And Rectum

It is one of the few cancers considered preventable. Preventing colon and rectal cancer involves starting screening at age 45 with one of the approved studies. The gold standard for screening is colonoscopy. During colonoscopy your doctor will be able to find and remove polyps, which are the asymptomatic growths that with time turn into cancer. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a diet rich in fiber, fruits, and vegetables.

Treating Cancer Of The Colon And Rectum

The treatment for colon and rectal cancer depends on the stage of the cancer and usually involves surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these treatments. Surgery is the most common treatment and may involve removing the cancerous tissue and nearby lymph nodes.

Why Choose Dr. Marines for Colon and Rectal Cancer Treatment?

If you are facing a diagnosis of colon and rectal cancer, it's essential to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Diego Marines. As a leading colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, Texas, Dr. Marines has extensive experience in treating colon and rectal cancer. He uses the best minimally invasive surgical techniques and personalized treatment plans to ensure the best possible outcomes for his patients. Dr. Marines is committed to avoid creating colostomy and ileostomy bags if at all possible. Dr. Marines has one of the highest rates of cancer remission and the lowest rates of colostomy creation. You can trust Dr. Diego Marines to provide you with the highest quality care for colon and rectal cancer treatment.

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Cancer Of The Colon And Rectum Frequently Asked Questions

What is colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer that affects the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum. It is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second deadliest one.

What are the symptoms of colon and rectal cancer?

Initially, colon and rectal cancer do not produce any symptoms. However, later on, symptoms may include changes in bowel habits, blood in the stool, abdominal pain, fatigue, unintended weight loss, and more.

How is colon and rectal cancer diagnosed?

The diagnosis of colon and rectal cancer typically involves a combination of imaging tests such as colonoscopy or CT scans, and a biopsy to confirm the presence of cancer cells. Early detection is crucial in improving the outcomes of treatment.

What are the risk factors for colon and rectal cancer?

Several factors increase the risk of developing colon and rectal cancer, including age, a family history of the disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and a diet high in red meat and processed foods.

What are the treatment options for colon and rectal cancer?

The treatment for colon and rectal cancer depends on the stage of the cancer and usually involves surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these treatments. Surgery is the most common treatment and may involve removing the cancerous tissue and nearby lymph nodes.

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