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Posts for tag: Colon Cancer Screening

By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
July 22, 2020
Category: GI Care

Could you benefit from getting a colon cancer screening?

There comes a time when everyone should turn to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. After all, it is the most effective colon cancer screening tool that our Houston gastroenterologist Dr. Vikram Jayanty offers. With colorectal cancer rates rising in the US, particularly with younger individuals, it’s important to understand when a colon cancer screening could benefit you.

It’s time to consider getting a colon cancer screening in Houston if,

  • You are a man or woman who just turned 50 years old
  • You have a family history of colorectal cancer
  • You have a personal history of cancer or colon polyps
  • You are dealing with symptoms of colon cancer such as rectal bleeding, bowel changes, abdominal pain and unexpected weight loss
  • You have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease

Most healthy individuals can start getting regular colon cancer screenings at the age of 50; however, men and women who have risk factors for colorectal cancer may want to talk with their gastroenterologist about getting screened earlier.

What are the risk factors associated with colorectal cancer?

There are certain factors associated with colorectal cancer that are fixed. These factors include,

  • Genetics/family history
  • Ethnicity (African Americans are more at risk)
  • Age (most people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are over 50 years old)
  • Certain genetic disorders
  • Certain health problem such as IBD
  • Personal history of colorectal cancer or colon polyps

However, there are risk factors that you can alter to improve your health and reduce your risk. These factors include,

  • Being overweight
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle
  • Eating a poor diet high in processed meats and saturated fats
  • Smoking
  • Heavy drinking

As you can see, there are changes you can start making to your current lifestyle to reduce the likelihood of colorectal cancer. This includes,

  • Losing excess weight
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Eating a healthy, plant-based diet

Not sure what changes you should make to improve your colon health? Talk with your doctor. If you need to schedule your first colon cancer screening with our Houston team or you have questions about the other gastroenterology services we offer, don’t hesitate to call Houston Endoscopy and Research Center at (713) 932-9200 to schedule an appointment.