According to statistics, approximately 153,020 people will receive a colorectal (colon) cancer diagnosis in 2023, with 52,550 dying from the disease, including 19,550 cases and 3750 deaths in people under 50. Risk factors for colon cancer include a family history of the disease, a diet high in red and processed meats, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle.
We encourage you to seek medical attention for colon cancer because early detection and treatment can significantly increase the chances of survival. Symptoms of colon cancer may include changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, blood in the stool, and unexplained weight loss. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to our doctor at Gastroenterology Practice Associates in Arlington, and Southlake, TX, and undergo appropriate screening and testing for colon cancer. Regular screenings can also help detect colon cancer in its early stages, when it may be more easily treatable.
Several types of therapy are available for colon cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. Surgery is the most common treatment and involves removing the cancerous tissue from the colon. Chemotherapy involves the use of drugs to kill cancer cells, which our doctor may combine with surgery.
High-energy radiation is used in radiation therapy to kill cancer cells. We may also recommend it in conjunction with chemotherapy. Our doctor may combine targeted therapy with chemotherapy to target specific proteins or other molecules involved in the growth and spread of cancer cells. Immunotherapy strengthens your immune system to aid in the fight against cancer cells. The type of therapy selected is determined by the stage, location, and overall health.
When consulting our doctor about colon cancer in Arlington, TX, they'll ask about your medical history and any symptoms you may be experiencing. The doctor may also perform a physical exam, including a digital rectal exam, and order tests such as a colonoscopy or stool sample analysis. Our board-certified providers at Gastroenterology Practice Associates may also discuss the risk factors for colon cancer, such as age, family history, diet, and lifestyle choices. They'll also recommend lifestyle changes or screenings for those at higher risk.
Please explore our website to learn about the conditions we treat and the services provided. If you have questions or concerns regarding colon cancer in Arlington, and Southlake, TX, or want to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified providers at Gastroenterology Practice Associates, call (817) 468-7200.