Colorectal cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States and in its early stages typically doesn’t present any symptoms. When something is causing pain, it’s easy to remember to see your doctor, however when life gets busy it becomes more difficult to take a proactive approach to healthcare. But, at Lee's Summit Medical Center, we’ve got your backside. We offer a free online risk assessment to help you quickly determine your personal risk for developing colon cancer as well as many screening options to fit your needs.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
One of the most effective tools in preventing colon cancer is a routine colorectal cancer screening. Colon cancer related deaths have dropped over the past 20 years due to polyps being found and removed early during a routine screening. Screenings also allow already developed cancers to be found early, when the disease is most treatable. Unfortunately there are still many people who are over 50 years old or at high-risk who have not been screened or are not up-to-date on their colon cancer screening.
Colonoscopies are the gold standard for colon cancer screening. However, we understand the thought of a colonoscopy can cause anxiety. The anticipation of a colonoscopy tends to be much worse than the reality. Watch the video below to hear about other KC area patients’ colonoscopy experience.
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Colon Cancer Treatment
The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Lee's Summit Medical Center offers comprehensive cancer care. A dedicated team of oncologists, surgeons and nurses work together to ensure each patient has a treatment plan built specifically for them with the quickest time to treatment possible.
What is Colon Cancer
Colon cancer consists of cancer within the colon (large intestines) or rectum (connects the colon to the anus). Most of all colorectal cancers are adenocarcinomas, which means that cancer begins in cells that produce mucus or other fluids. These tumors typically begin as polyps or adenomas which 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