Screening Tests, Watching for Symptoms Important to Catching Colorectal Cancer Early
04/04/2011

CLEBURNE, Texas — Most people attribute changes in bowel movements to changes in diet and other factors. But seemingly small symptoms can be signs of a larger problem.

In 2010, an estimated 102,900 individuals were diagnosed with colon cancer and another 39,670 individuals were diagnosed with rectal cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. An estimated 51,370 individuals died from both cancers.

The National Cancer Institute says that symptoms of colorectal cancer include:

  • Experiencing diarrhea, constipation, nausea or vomiting
  • Feeling that the bowel remains full
  • Seeing blood in stool
  • Feeling tired
  • Losing weight

“Often times, individuals look at these symptoms and don’t think it’s something to mention to their physicians, but these signs can indicate a larger problem, said Dr. Yevgeniy Ostrinsky, a gastrointestinal surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. “It is important for individuals older than 50 years of age be screened with a colonoscopy. Many people have a negative view of colonoscopies, but the test is not a bad one to undergo and can frequently find problems in the earliest, and easiest to treat, state.”

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.