Our Commitment: Colon Cancer Screening
Did you know, aside from skin cancers, the American Cancer Society identifies colon cancer as the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S.?
In 2018, it’s estimated that more than 140,000 new cases of colon or rectal cancer will be diagnosed.
What is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum (also referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer). Colorectal cancer typically begins as a polyp on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. Although not all polyps become cancerous, some can develop into cancer over the course of several years.
Are You at Risk?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of colorectal cancer increases with age; and more than 90 percent of cases occur in people 50 and older.
Other risk factors include having:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
- A personal or family history of this type cancer or colorectal polyps
- A genetic syndrome, such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome)
Lifestyle factors could also contribute to an increased risk of colorectal cancer.
These may include:
- Lack of regular exercise
- A diet low in fiber and high in fat
- A diet lacking fruits and vegetables
- Alcohol consumption
- Tobacco use
- Overweight and obesity
Reducing Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer
A colorectal cancer screening can find polyps and remove them before they become cancerous. Screening can also find cancer early, allowing for a more effective treatment and higher survival rate. The CDC says the most effective way to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer is by having regular screening tests beginning at age 50 (or sooner, depending on your risk factors).
At Hattiesburg Clinic, we are committed to your overall, long-term health. That’s why we offer colorectal screening through our Gastroenterology department. Our team of gastro specialists and providers are available for consultation and evaluation and can talk with you about colorectal screening.
If you would like to schedule a visit with a physician or provider at Hattiesburg Clinic Gastroenterology, please contact your primary care provider for a referral. If you do not have a primary care provider, you can call (601) 261-3518 and a member of our staff will help you find one.