Over 130,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year. When diagnosed and treated early, the cure rate is better than 90%. Did you know that colorectal cancer kills more people than breast or prostate cancer? In fact, colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
Signs and symptoms that may indicate cancer of the colon include:
• A change in bowel habits • Diarrhea or constipation
• Blood in the stool • Narrow stools • Anemia
• Bloating, fullness or abdominal cramps
• Feeling like the bowel does not empty completely
• Unexplained weight loss • Excessive fatigue
You should call us immediately if you experience any of these problems. But don’t wait for symptoms: Colon cancer often begins with no symptoms at all. Without any special risk factors, your chance of developing colon cancer is 1 in 7. Early detection is the best approach to this serious problem, and that is why regular screenings are so important. Studies have shown that a colonoscopy can detect and remove up to 98% of colorectal tumors.
If you are interested in our bowel prep trial, please call our research office at 801.409.2040!