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By Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates
October 31, 2018
Category: GI Care
Tags: Colon Cancer  

5 Signs You May Have Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer, is cancer that develops in the colon or the rectum. Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in America, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are 50 or older, getting a colon cancer screening test could save your life. Brookhaven Gastroenterology, serving Suffolk County, NY, offers the latest treatments for gastrointestinal conditions. Here are five signs you may have colon cancer.

1. Abdominal Pain- Just about everyone at one point or another will experience abdominal pain. Abdominal pain is usually short-lived and is often not serious. However, abdominal pain can sometimes be a sign of colon cancer. Colon cancer can cause persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas, or pain. One cause is tearing (perforation) of the bowel.

2. Blood in the Stool- Blood in the stool can be associated with colon cancer. However, it does not necessarily indicate cancer. Bleeding in the digestive tract can have numerous causes, including anal tears, hemorrhoids, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Additionally, iron and some foods, such as beets, can give the stool a red or black appearance, falsely indicating blood in the stool. 

3. Unexplained Weight Loss- Unexplained weight loss, or losing weight without trying — can be associated with colon cancer. Unexplained weight loss is the loss of 10 pounds or more in six months or less without knowing the reason. Most patients with colon cancer will lose weight at some point. Cancer cells use up a lot of the body's energy cells, which can cause weight loss. 

4. Lethargy and Fatigue- Fatigue is a feeling of exhaustion that doesn't go away with rest. Most of the time fatigue can be traced to one or more of your routines or habits. On occasion, fatigue is a symptom of an underlying condition that requires treatment. Colorectal cancer can cause fatigue due to internal blood loss or the cancer cells using up the body's energy. 

5. Change in Bowel Habits- The term "change in bowel habits" can mean almost anything including a change in consistency, or frequency of the stools. People with colon cancer may experience diarrhea, constipation, incomplete evacuation, narrowing of stools, and bowel incontinence. While cancer can be a cause for changes in bowel habits, it's obvious that many other things can do the same thing. 

If you need to get a colon cancer screening, call Brookhaven Gastroenterology at (631) 289-0300 today to schedule an appointment at the office in East Patchogue, NY, and serving Suffolk County, NY. A simple colon cancer screening in our office could save your life!

By Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates
April 27, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colon Cancer  

Why a colon cancer screening from Suffolk County gastroenterologist can save your lifecolon cancer

A colon cancer screening is the best way to detect colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. 2016 estimates indicate that over 95,000 cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, and over 49,000 people will die of colorectal cancer this year.

Your doctors at Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in East Patchogue, NY, want to help you prevent colon cancer. They serve residents of Suffolk County with state-of-the-art colon cancer screenings and gastroenterology services.

A colonoscopy is a major tool in colon cancer screening. Gastroenterologists agree that you should have a colonoscopy if you are 50 years old to screen for colorectal cancer. In addition to initial screening, there are other reasons you may need a colonoscopy, including:

  • Chronic pain in your abdomen
  • Abnormal growths and intestinal polyps
  • Chronic constipation or recurrent diarrhea
  • Bleeding from your rectum or blood in your stool

During a colonoscopy, you will be sedated and a thin tube will be inserted into your rectum and threaded up into your colon. The tube has a tiny camera which can aid the doctor in examining your colon, removing any polyps or taking a sample of tissue for biopsy.

Because you will be sedated, it’s important to bring a friend or family member with you who can drive you home after your procedure. A colonoscopy procedure takes about 45 minutes, but due to sedation, your recovery period can take between 2 and 3 hours.

A colon cancer screening is a vitally important part of your healthcare because it can detect signs of colorectal cancer early. Remember that early detection means early treatment and a better treatment outcome. A colon cancer screening can save your life! For more information on colon cancer screening and other gastroenterology services, call your doctors at Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County, NY. Don’t wait for your colon cancer screening; call today!

Colon Cancer ScreeningColon cancer is the third most common cause of cancer in the US, and the American Cancer Society predicts that approximately 96,830 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in 2014 alone. With these shocking statistics, it’s important that everyone does their part to ensure that their colons are healthy. It might not be the first thought on anyone’s mind; however, it should be. Here is why it’s high time that you scheduled a colon cancer screening:
 

1. Prevention is key

Regular colon cancer screenings is one of the most effective ways to prevent colon cancer. Even if you don’t have symptoms, this test will be able to detect the smallest signs of the disease even if you aren’t experiencing any problems.
 

2. Polyps take years to develop

Most polyps take years to develop into colon cancer (as long as 10 to 15 years in some instances). When you get routine screenings, we can remove these polyps before they actually turn into cancer.
 

3. Stop the disease in its tracks

Even if a polyp has already turned into colon cancer, if we can detect the cancer early, it’s highly curable. That means going in for a regular screening could save your life and offer a significantly better prognosis.
 

When should I begin regular colon cancer screenings?

If you don’t have any risk factors, we recommend coming in for routine screenings after you turn 50. If you have a family history of colon cancer, have been diagnosed with IBS or have a history of colorectal polyps you’ll want to get screened sooner and more frequently. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss how often you should be coming in for screenings.
 

Call Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates Today!

If it’s time to set up a colon cancer screening, we would be happy to get you started. Don’t put this off any longer; the health of your colon depends on it!
 
Are you a patient of Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!