Colorectal cancer is most effectively treated in its earliest stages, and you can take an important step in safeguarding your health by becoming familiar with the symptoms. The condition most commonly affects men and women age 50 and older. The risk is higher among those who eat diets high in fat and low in fiber, those who have been diagnosed with other colorectal health conditions, and those with a family history of the condition. The two most common symptoms of colorectal cancer are blood in the stool and persistent changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation. If you are age 50 or older, you should undergo regular colorectal cancer screenings. If you need to begin undergoing screenings with a colorectal specialist, or if you are experiencing colorectal cancer symptoms, contact our Great Neck, NY, practice today and schedule a consultation at one of our three Long Island locations. Our team of colorectal specialists can provide an accurate assessment of your health and recommend an effective course of treatment for your needs.
Possible Signs of Colorectal Cancer
Often, patients who have begun developing colorectal cancer experience no symptoms until later stages of the disease. Symptoms tend to vary depending on the size and location of the cancer within the gastrointestinal tract. Common symptoms of colorectal cancer include:
- A feeling that the bowels do not completely empty following a bowel movement
- Persistent constipation or diarrhea
- A continual change in the consistency of stool
- Blood in the stool
- Persistent gas pain, cramps, or abdominal pain
- Unexplained weight loss
When Should I See a Doctor?
If you are age 50 or older, and are not currently undergoing regular screenings for colorectal cancer, it is imperative that you establish care with a colorectal specialist as soon as possible. Meanwhile, if you experience any symptoms of colorectal cancer, you should schedule a consultation with a physician immediately. While symptoms such as rectal bleeding can be clear indications of a need to meet with a colorectal specialist, symptoms such as weight loss and fatigue could be indicative of a number of other conditions. Your general care provider can assess these symptoms and determine if a specialist's attention is necessary.
The American Cancer Society reports that the 5-year relative survival rate for patients with Stage I colon cancer is about 92 percent, and about 87 percent for patients with Stage I rectal cancer.
Why Choose Us?
Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York has helped thousands to prevent and overcome a range of very serious health issues. Drs. Dean P. Pappas, Steven Pelaez, and Mala M. Balakumar are leaders in their field with proven expertise in advanced, minimally invasive treatments. This world-class team is certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. If you are experiencing symptoms of colorectal cancer, or if you need to schedule a preventative exam, you can depend on us to provide the thorough, effective care necessary to protect your health.
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The American Cancer Society reports that the 5-year relative survival rate for patients with Stage I colon cancer is about 92 percent, and about 87 percent for patients with Stage I rectal cancer. Therefore, it is vital for patients over 50 to establish regular exams, and for anyone experiencing colorectal cancer symptoms to seek treatment as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation with one of our specialists, please contact us today.