New Blood Test May Make Screening for Colorectal Cancer Easier

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It remains the number-two cause of cancer deaths among Americans. We live in the world of personalized medicine, so please discuss with your physician what screening modality is appropriate for you. The risk of colorectal cancer increases with age.

Q: What is colorectal cancer?

Even if you don't have the high-risk factors - family history, personal history of ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, having received radiation to the abdomen or pelvic area, or a history of other types of cancer - you are still at average risk of contracting colon cancer. The rectum is the part of the gastrointestinal tract that connects the large intestine to the anus. (NJ-10) today introduced a House resolution to designate March 2019 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. If left untreated, polyps can become cancerous over a period of time.

Symptoms are not always present with precancerous polyps, or colorectal cancer.

Yes, in Kansas City previous year a giant inflatable colon prop used to enhance Colo-Rectal Cancer Awareness (CRC) was stolen. However, if you do experience symptoms, these may include blood in your stool; pains, aches or cramps in your stomach that don't go away; or unexplained weight loss.

If you notice those symptoms it's important you see a doctor to have it check out.

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Q: Who is at risk?

Another reason that colonoscopies are so important is because the early stages of colon cancer often do not come with symptoms.

Eating the right foods can reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Between the ages of 50 and 54, for example, the rate of new colorectal cancers is roughly 60.2 per 100,000; between 65 and 69 years old, that rate jumps to 117.3 per 100,000, and for individuals age 75 to 79, the rate is approximately 190.5 per 100,000-more than double that of 50- to 54-year-olds, the latest CDC statistics show.

Q: When should I get screened? In 2018, the society also changed its age recommendation to begin screening five years earlier. If the gene is detected after the screening test, a healthcare provider would recommend the patient for a colonoscopy. Your doctor can help you decide which test is best for you. Also, most insurance companies, including Capital Health Plan, cover the cost of the test entirely. The president issued the proclamation in 2014-the first colorectal cancer Presidential Proclamation in more than a decade.

Mamun Shahrier, MD, is a board-certified gastroenterologist practicing at Wilson Gastroenterology.

Hudson Regional Hospital provides different examination and treatment options that can be used for dealing with colon cancer.

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