Colorectal cancer is preventable and treatable when detected early through a colonoscopy. Talk to your physician about colonoscopy screenings provided by Conemaugh Physician Group - Gastroenterology and the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Gastroenterology Lab.
Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors
- Men and woman over the age of 50; Risk increases for both men and women with age
- Personal or family history of benign colorectal polyps
- Family history of colorectal cancer
- Personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn's disease
- Family history of ovarian, endometrial, or breast cancer
- People of African American or Hispanic descent
- Use of tobacco
- Obesity or inactivity
Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer
Symptoms are typically not present during early stages of colorectal cancer.
Advanced disease may cause:
- Rectal bleeding or blood in stool
- Change in bowel habits or stools that are narrower than usual
- Stomach discomfort including bloating and cramps
- Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
- Unexplained weight loss
- Constant fatigue
Other conditions such as infections, hemorrhoids, and inflammatory bowel disease can also cause similar symptoms. Talk with your physician if you are experiencing any of these symptoms for proper diagnosis.