Many people are at risk for colon cancer. Regular screenings and routine follow-ups are very important for colon cancer prevention.
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Am I at risk for Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer, in both males and females. The risk of colon cancer rises substantially after age 50, but every year there are numerous cases reported in younger people. A person with one first degree relative (parent, sibling or child) with colon cancer is 2 to 3 times as likely to develop the cancer as someone who does not have an affected relative or least 3 relatives that have or had colorectal cancer. However, this does not mean that people without a family history are not at risk. In fact, about 80% of new colon cancer cases are diagnosed in people who would not be identified as "high risk".
What are the Signs of Colon Cancer?
Unfortunately, the early stages of colon cancer may not have any symptoms. This is why it is important to have screening tests done even though you may feel well. As the polyp grows into a tumor, it may bleed or obstruct the colon, causing symptoms. These symptoms include:
How Can I Prevent Colon Cancer?
From the time the first abnormal cells start to grow, it usually takes about 10 to 15 years for them to develop into colorectal cancer. Regular colorectal cancer screening or testing is one of the most powerful weapons in preventing colorectal cancer. Screening can also result in finding colorectal cancer early, when it is highly curable. You can lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer by managing the risk factors that you can control, such as:
On November 3, 2012 Dr Weiss and Staff participated in the Crohn’s & Colitis 1.2 mile walk, “Take Steps to be Heard” at Lakes Regional Park in Ft Myers. Gastroenterology Associates had taken donations for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and will continue to support the cause. Barbara Cioffi our practice representative had set up a table for digestive awareness at the event and coordinated with physicians and staff to get involved. If you would like more information on this foundation or would like to donate to our team go to this direct link here.
On March 24, 2012 Dr Weiss, Dr Perez, Michele Robbins, PA-C and Staff participated in the Colon Cancer 5k run/walk, “Get Your Rear in Gear” at Hammond Stadium in Ft Myers. Gastroenterology Associates made donations for the Colon Cancer Coalition and will continue to support the cause. To see video slide show of the event click here. If you would like more information on this foundation or would like to donate to our team go to this direct link here.
Dr Perez has been featured in the Latino Press Release click the link to view the news article “The Latino American Who’s Who Recognizes Julian Perez M.D.”
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Congratulations to our newest Associate, Julian Perez, M.D., for obtaining his Board Certification in Gastroenterology!
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