Colon Cancer Care
What is Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), the lower part of your digestive system. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of the colon. Together, they’re often referred to as colorectal cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both male and female Americans (excluding skin cancer).
Most cases of colon cancer begin as small clumps of cells called polyps. Over time some polyps become colon cancer. Many polyps produce few symptoms or no symptoms at all. That’s why it’s important to get regular screenings to help identify (and monitor) polyps before they become cancer.
Colon Cancer Screening and Prevention
Lifestyle factors may be linked to the development of colorectal cancer. These include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight. Risk of developing colorectal cancer is increased by being overweight/obese.
- Physical Activity. Increased physical activity lowers the chance of developing colorectal cancer.
- Smoking. Smokers are at an increased risk of developing and dying from colorectal cancer than non-smokers.
- Alcohol use. Development of colorectal cancer is linked to moderate/heavy alcohol use.
By making healthier lifestyle choices, the chances of developing colon cancer can be decreased.
At Beacon Health System, we offer colon cancer screenings such as colonoscopies, diagnosis and various treatment options. Our specially trained doctors are prepared to collaborate with you to develop a comprehensive care plan tailored to your specific needs.
Why Choose Beacon?
The team at Beacon Health System provides the highest quality gastroenterological care and endoscopic services utilizing state-of-the-art technologies. We offer innovative, comprehensive and compassionate care to each and every one of our patients. We offer colon cancer screenings, diagnosis and various treatment options. Our specially trained doctors are prepared to collaborate with you to develop a comprehensive care plan which may include surgery, chemotherapy and possibly radiation therapy.
If you have an increased risk of colon cancer due to a personal or family history, our genetic counselor can advise you about how to protect your health.
We understand that cancer affects more than just your body. That’s why we also offer educational resources and support groups to help you and your family during your cancer journey.