Gastroenterology Specialists of Orlando – Colonoscopy Checkup Orlando, FL
Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in the Western hemisphere, but Dr. Orlando Baker of Orlando, Florida is well prepared to provide patients facing the unthinkable with the best possible care. Dr. Baker would also like to make families aware of the signs and symptoms of colon cancer, especially since National Colon Cancer awareness day is fast approaching.
March 8th is the big day, and in the spirit of that day individuals need to be made aware of how to prevent colon cancer and of some of the facts surrounding the affliction. Of course, catching colon cancer early is always the best scenario. To do this, Dr. Baker can perform a colonoscopy, which is a procedure that allows the doctor to see the inside of the large intestine with the use of a colonoscope.
Who Should Be Checked?
- Anyone over the age of 50, 45 if you are an African American
- Anyone with polyps inside the colon that have not been cancerous in the past
- Anyone that maintains a high fat diet
- Anyone with a family history of cancer
- Anyone with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, or any other inflammatory bowl problem
- Anyone with other health factors such as diabetes, obesity, smoking, or growth hormone disorder
Why is a screen so important?
Colon cancer, especially in the early stages, does not always present with symptoms, and the majority of colon cancer patients do not have a family history of the disease. Therefore, everyone over the age of 50 should consider getting screened. This is especially true if you relate to more than one of the above risk factors.
Signs and Symptoms
While patients do not always experience any symptoms until the later stages, there are few things to look for, including:
- Pain or tenderness in the lower abdominal area
- Blood in your stool
- Changes in your bowel habits such as constipation or diarrhea
- Stools that are more narrow than usual
- Unexplained weight loss