Archive for the ‘Colon Cancer’ category

Catching A Killer: Colon Cancer Among Us

March 24th, 2011

Catching A Killer: Colon Cancer Among Us will air on KET2 on
   Thursday, March 24, 2011.  Tune in to KET2 at 10:30 PM!

Test Your Knowledge of Colon Cancer

March 23rd, 2011

For the past 20 day the Martin County Health Department has posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about colon cancer. Now is the time to put your knowledge to the test. Take the Colon Cancer Quiz by clicking on the link below:

Your Colon Cancer Quiz

FAQ #19 About Colon Cancer

March 21st, 2011

Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome a risk factor for developing colorectal cancer?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic functional problem of the gut usually characterized by patterns of diarrhea and loose stools alternating with constipation. It may also be associated with abdominal cramping and pain. IBS is not associated with an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer. Patients with IBS have normal life expectancies. Although patients with IBS are not at increased risk for colorectal cancer, they are not at decreased risk either, and should follow the recommended screening guidelines like everyone else in the population. If your IBS symptoms change from their usual behavior or regular pattern, or if you see blood in your stool, please notify your physician and gastroenterologist.


FAQ # 18 About Colon Cancer

March 20th, 2011

Is there a connection between stomach cancer and colorectal cancer?

There is no association between stomach (gastric) cancer and colorectal cancer, except in individuals with the hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer. This is a rare genetic syndrome in which affected individuals are at risk of colorectal cancer at a young age, as well as other cancers, including gastric cancer. Individuals with a strong family history ( three or more affected relatives spanning two generations with at least one affected relative under age 50) of colorectal cancer, or colorectal cancer and endometrial (uterus) cancer, may have this syndrome and may warrant genetic testing and/or screening with colonoscopy. Patients with familial polyposis also have an increased risk of gastric cancer. It should be kept in mind that many individuals may claim a personal or family history of “stomach cancer” when they mean colorectal cancer.


FAQ #17 About Colon Cancer

March 19th, 2011

Is there a correlation between the length of your colon and colon cancer?

There is no known correlation with the length of the colon and colon cancer. Cancer is at least as common in men as women, but women tend to have longer colons.


FAQ #16 About Colon Cancer

March 18th, 2011

Are colorectal screening tests done by your general practitioner or should they be done by gastroenterologists or other experts?

There are several types of colorectal cancer screening tests.

1. Fecal occult blood tests are usually provided by your general practitioner for you to take home with instructions for the test and how to return them to the laboratory for development.

2. Flexible sigmoidoscopy, which evaluates the lower 1/3 of the colon with an endoscope, is performed by some but not all general practitioners. General practitioners who do not perform flexible sigmoidoscopies in their office typically refer patients to a gastroenterologist of other specialist for the procedure.

3. Colonoscopy and virtual colonoscopy are a more extensive endoscopic evaluation of the entire length of the colon and is usually not done by general practitioners; it is done by gastroenterologists or other gastrointestinal specialists. The colonoscopy is considered the gold standard procedure for colon cancer screening by the American Cancer Society and many more professional organizations, and it is highly recommended that your general practitioner refer you to a Board Certified gastroenterologist or endoscopist to have the test done.


FAQ #15 About Colon Cancer

March 17th, 2011

What is a PET scan and can it be used for colon cancer detection instead of a colonoscopy?

PET scanning is still at an early stage of development in the detection and staging of gastrointestinal tumors. At the present time it is not replacing colonoscopy for diagnosing colon cancer.


Screen for Life

March 16th, 2011

FAQ #14 About Colon Cancer

March 16th, 2011

What is the best colon cancer screening test?

Colonoscopy is the only method that has a high sensitivity for identifying lesions and all polyps (both small and large) and has the capability of removing them at the time of the procedure.


FAQ #13 About Colon Cancer

March 15th, 2011

Is a palpable lump in the side a symptom of colon cancer? Or is it only found as a polyp inside and can not be felt?

A palpable lump in the abdomen can be a symptom of colon cancer, but it could also be a symptom of other conditions. Your doctor would be able to examine you and give you a more personal opinion, ordering testing as appropriate to determine the cause of a lump. A polyp inside the colon can not be felt from the outside. Polyps are found by looking inside the colon with various procedures: a sigmoidoscopy (which only looks at a portion of the colon) or colonoscopy (which can look at the whole colon); a Virtual Colonoscopy is an x-ray technique as with a barium enema. Colonoscopy is considered the gold standard test for this condition.