Did you know that colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer in America, with more than 95,000 new diagnoses every year? At Todd B. Linden MD FACP in Soho, Manhattan, Dr. Lindon understands the importance of routine colon cancer screenings and can help patients by evaluating their risk levels and beginning an appropriate screening path. To learn more, call his New York City office or book an appointment online.
Your colon, or your large intestine, acts to extract water and salt from your solid waste before it moves through your rectum and out through your anus.
When cells in your colon begin to multiply abnormally, colon cancer is present. If cancer is also present in your rectum, the term colorectal cancer may be used to describe your condition.
Colon cancer usually begins with the development of colon polyps in the wall of your intestine. At that stage, you may not have any noticeable symptoms.
That’s why screening is such an important part of preventive health. Most men and women should begin colon cancer screenings around the age of 50.
Colon cancer does not always present symptoms. When symptoms are present, they might include:
Knowing what to look for is important, but it must be noted that many gastrointestinal issues share the same list of symptoms. As with many forms of cancer, colon cancer treatments are often most effective when the disease is in the early stages.
If you notice any significant change in your digestive function, schedule a diagnostic exam with Dr. Linden right away.
Treatment focuses on removing cancerous cells and relieving symptoms. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment path. Dr. Linden works with you to create a treatment plan that aligns with your overall health, the stage of your disease, and your preferences.
Surgery to remove part of your colon is an option, and smaller cancers can sometimes be removed with a laparoscopic procedure. Chemotherapy and radiation may follow.
Dr. Linden can explain your options and refer you to a great practitioner in the New York City area if specialized care is called for.
If you’d like more information on colon cancer screening, diagnosis, or treatment, call or book an appointment with Dr. Linden online at your earliest convenience.