Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Colon / Rectal Cancer

What is it?

Cancer of the colon and rectum is the 2nd most common cancer in the US.

Why did I get it?

Some cancers run in families. If you have an immediate family member (brother, sister, father, mother, grandparent) with colorectal cancer, you are at a higher risk.
Most cancers start as polyps, which are abnormal growths inside the colon or rectum. It takes about 10 years to go from a very small polyp to full-blown cancer.

How can I prevent it?

The way to prevent colon/rectal cancer is to have a colonoscopy. Colonoscopies allow the physician to see the inside of the colon and take out small polyps, thereby preventing colon cancer. Everyone must have a colonoscopy at the age of 50, or earlier if there is a family history or if you have symptoms, such as a change in your stools, bleeding from the anus, weight loss, or pain.

I have colon/rectal cancer. What are the treatments?

The therapy depends on the stage of the cancer. The physician needs to determine how deep the cancer has grown and whether it has spread to other organs or sites. Small cancers can be cured with surgery. Some cancers need chemotherapy before and/or after surgery. Rectal cancers may need radiation before and/or after surgery, with chemotherapy

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If you would like more information on colon / rectal cancer and treatment options for these conditions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of the experienced doctors at Inova Bariatric, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information presented is only for informational purposes, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness, disease, or condition, nor is it intended to self-diagnose and self-treat any illness, disease or condition. Please consult your physician for any medical concern, question, and ailment.