Every year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with colorectal disease. Some conditions can be treated with a combination of special exercises, diet changes and medication. Others, like colon cancer or diverticulitis, may require higher levels of care including surgery.
The Conemaugh Health System offers a full range of non-surgical and surgical treatments for colorectal diseases including:
- Polyps/cancers of the colon, anus and rectum
- Inflammatory bowel disorders
- Crohn’s Disease
- Fistula, from injury, infection or inflammation
Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer
The risk of Colorectal Cancer increases for both men and women as they age. Other factors also increase a person’s risk. These include:
- A personal or family history of benign colorectal polyps
- A family history of colorectal cancer
- A personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s
- A family history of ovarian, endometrial or breast cancer
- People of African American and Hispanic descent
- People who use tobacco, are obese or sedentary
- Men and Women over the age of 50
Colorectal Cancer is preventable and is easy to treat and often curable when detected early. Talk to your physician about screenings.
Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer
Early stages of colorectal cancer do not usually have symptoms.
Advanced disease may cause:
- Rectal Bleeding or blood in stool
- Change in bowel habits or stools that are narrower than usual
- Stomach discomfort (bloating, cramps)
- Diarrhea, constipation or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
- Unexplained weight loss
- Constant fatigue
If you feel you that you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately. Other conditions such as infections, hemorrhoids and inflammatory bowel disease can also cause these symptoms.