Categories: Medical Physicians, Healthcare | Issue: March 2019
Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States, but thanks to prevention efforts, earlier destruction, and advances in cancer treatment, the survival rate is improving.
Routine screening can help prevent colon cancer or find it early when treatment is most effective. Unfortunately, colorectal polyps (abnormal growths) and colorectal cancer in early stages may not produce symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they may include blood in the stool, stomach aches or pains that do not go away, and unexpected weight loss. There are other possible causes for these symptoms besides cancer, so see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.
Most physicians recommend screening for people aged 50 or older, or earlier if there is a family history of colorectal cancer and for those with inflammatory bowel disease.
There is a range of screening tests available to find polyps or colorectal cancer, including stool tests, colonoscopy, CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy), and others. Not every test may be offered in your area, so check with your doctor or local hospital to see which tests are available. Each method has different risks and benefits; you and your physician should decide together which test is right for you. Most insurance plans cover colorectal screening for those aged 50 or over, often without a deductible or co-pay.
Ask your doctor if you should be screened for colorectal cancer.
At Northeastern Oklahoma Cancer Institute, our board certified physicians and caring staff are committed to providing our patients with state-of-the-art radiation cancer therapy without the need for traveling great distances from home. We understand that being diagnosed with cancer can turn your world upside down and affect every aspect of your life. That is why we are committed to providing patients with excellent radiation oncology care and support.
The team at Northeastern Oklahoma Cancer Institute is committed to providing hope to patients through offering them a Healing environment, a promise of Open communication and by taking a Patient centered approach while providing them with Excellence in clinical care.
A SUPPORTIVE & HEALING ENVIRONMENT
Our center located in Claremore, Oklahoma was designed with patient comfort and convenience in mind. Every aspect of our center has been carefully planned, from the warm lighting and local artwork to the comfortable seating so our patients can feel relaxed and safe when spending time with us.
Because we understand how a cancer diagnosis can affect everyone in the family, we always communicate honestly and openly with each patient and their family members so that everyone understands the treatment options, potential side effects and likely outcomes. Our caring and compassionate team is always accessible to answer questions and address your concerns.