Colorectal cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and a leading cause of cancer death in the United States. If you're at risk of developing colorectal cancer, it's essential to undergo regular screening at Gotham Gastroenterology to find the disease before it becomes too advanced. At their locations throughout New York City in the Midtown East and Financial District neighborhoods of Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, the Gotham Gastroenterology team provides a range of colorectal cancer screening procedures to suit all patients. Call the office nearest you today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Colorectal cancer develops in the last sections of your gastrointestinal tract – your colon (large intestine) and rectum. It starts off as small, benign growths that are mainly harmless; however, in some circumstances, the cells mutate and become cancerous.
Risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing colorectal cancer include:
There's growing evidence to suggest that a diet high in red and processed meats and low in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables could increase your risk. Other studies show a link with being overweight or obese, having a sedentary lifestyle, and being a long-term smoker.
Screening means checking for health problems before you develop symptoms. Like most cancers, colorectal cancer is generally more treatable early on, so the later you start treatment, the lower your chances of survival.
Colorectal cancer screening can detect polyps, nonpolypoid lesions (flat or slightly depressed areas of abnormal cell growth), and other conditions, as well as cancer. Nonpolypoid lesions aren't as common as polyps, but they could be more likely to develop into colorectal cancer.
Finding and removing polyps or other abnormal cells is the most effective way of preventing colorectal cancer.
There are several options available for colorectal cancer screening:
You should talk to your gastroenterologist about when to begin screening for colorectal cancer, how often you need to be screened, and the benefits and risks of each test. Call Gotham Gastroenterology today for more information or book an appointment online.