Screening Tests, Watching for Symptoms Important to Catching Colorectal Cancer Early|
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:
“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.”
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