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By Queens Boulevard ASC
August 07, 2020
Category: GI Care

Anyone can develop colon cancer. Do you know the signs?

Does colon cancer run in your family? Are you experiencing changes in your bowels that don’t seem to be going away? There are many reasons people may want to learn more about colon cancer’s early symptoms and warning signs so that they know whether it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy with one of our Rego Park, NY, gastroenterologists.

Don’t Wait Until You Experience Symptoms

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t just want until GI symptoms plague you before getting a colonoscopy from our Rego Park, NY, doctors. In fact, a colonoscopy is the most effective screening tool we have for both preventing and catching colorectal cancer early on when it’s curable.

The issue here is that many people don’t experience symptoms of colon cancer until it’s progressed, which is why both men and women should get regular colonoscopies (even if they aren’t experiencing symptoms) by the time they turn 50 years old. Those who are at an increased risk for colon cancer may want to talk with us about whether they could benefit from early screenings before age 50.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Of course, it is still important to recognize when recurring or seemingly innocuous intestinal symptoms could actually be a sign of something more. Some of the early signs of colon cancer include sudden and unexpected weight loss along with extremely narrow stools. You may also notice,

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
  • Feeling as if you haven’t fully emptied your bowels even after using the bathroom
  • Anemia
  • Recurring abdominal pain

As the cancer progresses you may begin to notice other symptoms including,

  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation (or alternating symptoms)
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Cramping
  • Loose or watery stools
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea

It’s important to recognize that these symptoms can also be signed of other gastrointestinal problems including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or hemorrhoids; however, it’s just as important that you speak with your gastroenterologist if you are noticing these warning signs of colorectal cancer.

If you need to schedule your next routine colonoscopy at our Rego Park, NY, practice please call Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center today at (718) 406-8000. Getting regular colonoscopies by the time you turn 50 years old could just save your life.

By Queens Boulevard ASC
February 20, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology

If you're turning 50, your primary care physician will want you to have a colonoscopy, today's best colon cancer screening test. Performed by your board-certified gastroenterologist at Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center in Rego Park, NY, this painless evaluation visualizes areas of concern in the large intestine. It's your best insurance against malignancy and other bowel issues.

Why age 50?

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance indicates that one in 23 adult Americans develop colorectal cancer. Further, the American Cancer Society says people have an increased survival rate when the cancer is detected early.

Age 50 has been determined as the optimal time to begin routine screening with this lighted scope passed painlessly through the anus, rectum and entire length of the bowel.

What your doctor looks for

A routine screening colonoscopy is performed with the benefit of sedation. A thorough, at-home bowel cleansing prepares you for this 45-minute procedure and gives your gastroenterologist a clear view of the large intestine.

Specifically, they looks for polyps, typically benign growths ranging from a quarter inch to several inches in size. Though most are harmless, some polyps may develop into colon cancer. In fact, all colon cancer does start as polyps. As such, these growths must be discovered, removed, or snared, and biopsied.

In addition, your physician uses colonoscopy to understand reasons for unexplained bleeding, diarrhea and more.

It's so important

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the US, says the American Cancer Society. Plus, according to Healthline, colon cancer rates are increasing in the under 50 population. As such, early and routine screening for polyps remains critical to long-term health goals.

In Reno Park...

Your gastroenterologists at Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center offer state of the art colon cancer screening in a comfortable, patient-centered environment. Phone for an appointment at (718) 406-8000.



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