Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S. Early stage colon or rectal cancer doesn’t usually have symptoms. Which is one of the many reasons a colonoscopy cancer screening can fall by the wayside. It’s easy to remember to visit the doctor when something is causing you pain or affecting your quality of life. With so much going on, it can be much more difficult to take a proactive approach to managing your health.
But in Kansas City, we’ve got your backside. With convenient locations and care tailored to fit your needs, we make it easy to kick cancer in the backside. We offer:
- A free online risk assessment to help you quickly determine your personal risk for developing colon cancer
- A variety of screening options
- Over 50 GI and colon cancer specialists
- One of the most thorough genetic counselling programs in the area
- 4 High-Risk GI Cancer Clinics so you can make educated choices about cancer prevention, screening and diagnostics
- Comprehensive care including screening, diagnostics, cancer treatment, wellness and survivorship
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Routine colon cancer screening is one of the most powerful tools in preventing cancer. Over the past 20 years, deaths from colon cancer have been dropping. One reason for this is that polyps are being found by colonoscopy screening and removed before they can develop into cancers. Screening also allows cancers to be found earlier, when the disease is most treatable. But unfortunately, there are still many people who are over 45 years old or high-risk that have not been screened or are not up-to-date on their colon cancer screening.
Colonoscopies are the gold standard for screening. But we know they don’t have the best reputation. However, the thought and anticipation of a colonoscopy procedure is usually much worse than the reality. Hear from patients by watching the video below.
Colon Cancer Treatment
Having your backside doesn’t stop at colon cancer screening. The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health offers comprehensive colorectal care. A dedicated multidisciplinary team of colon cancer experts work together to ensure every patient has a care plan built specifically for them with the quickest time to treatment possible. We offer:
- Minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgical options
- Non-surgical cancer treatment
- Clinical trials
- Patient navigation by specially trained GI cancer nurses
- Cancer wellness and survivorship
Learn more about Colon Cancer Treatment in KC
What is Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon (large intestines) or rectum (connects the colon to the anus). Ninety to 95 percent of all colorectal cancers are adenocarcinomas or a cancer that begins in cells that produce mucus or other fluids. These tumors generally start as adenomas, otherwise known as polyps. These are small benign (non-cancerous) growths.
Colorectal Cancer Symptoms
There usually aren’t any symptoms associated with the early stages of colon cancer. That’s why it’s even more important to be mindful of symptoms of colorectal cancer and to speak with your doctor if you have concerns. Common symptoms include:
- Weight loss without diet or exercise changes
- Chronic fatigue
- A change in bathroom habits
- Stool that may be narrower than normal
- Blood in the stool. It can appear bright red, black or tar-like
- A feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
- Abdominal discomfort such as gas pain, bloating, fullness, cramping
Colon Cancer Statistics
About what percent of people over 50 years old have colon polyps?
Colon cancer is the ___ most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S.?
Colon cancer is the ___ leading cause of cancer death in the United States?
One in ___ colon cancer patients are younger than 50?
1 in 7
According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, the average lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about 1 in ___?
1 in 20