Colorectal FAQ

Colorectal Cancer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What are some signs and symptoms of colon cancer?

Symptoms can include abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding and unexplained weight loss. All symptoms should be fully evaluated by your physician.

Who's at risk for developing colon cancer?

About 75% of colorectal cancer occurs in people with no risk factors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some conditions can elevate a person's risk, including family history, inflammatory bowel disease, and genetic syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer.

How can I reduce my risk of developing colon cancer?

Having regular screenings beginning at age 50 reduces colorectal cancer deaths. Increased physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight may also lower risk.

What is a colonoscopy?

This is an examination of the colon and rectum. The procedure uses a camera attached to a flexible tube to examine the colon lining.

What's the average length of a colonoscopy?

This procedure itself generally takes less than 30 minutes. The total time required for this procedure is generally between 2 ½ - 3 hours.

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