Colorectal cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer deaths in American adults today. Fortunately, it’s largely preventable and treatable. At Vikram S. Jayanty M.D., the private gastroenterology practice of esteemed physician Vikram Jayanty, M.D., P.A., you’ll receive comprehensive colorectal cancer care. If you need a colonoscopy or have worrisome symptoms, call the Houston, Texas, office or click on the provided link now.
Colorectal cancer strikes the large intestine (colon) or rectum. This cancer is quite common in American adults, with a lifetime incidence of about 6%. But with proper screening and treatment in the early stages, colorectal cancer has a very high survival rate.
Dr. Jayanty emphasizes colorectal cancer screening because it’s the single most effective tool in detecting and preventing this cancer. In fact, routine colonoscopies can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by 90%.
Colorectal cancer is usually symptomless in its early stages. In later stages, colorectal cancer can cause:
Specific symptoms vary based on the side of your body the cancerous lesions are on. For example, right-sided colon cancer is less likely to cause severe abdominal pain but more likely to cause weight loss.
Other conditions, like irritable Crohn’s disease, bowel syndrome (IBS), and ulcerative colitis, can cause similar problems and symptoms. So, if you have any of these symptoms, call Vikram S. Jayanty M.D. to schedule an assessment and determine their cause.
Everyone needs regular colorectal cancer screenings starting at 50. You might need to begin screenings earlier if you’re at higher risk of developing this cancer.
Risk factors include a family history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of precancerous polyps, and lifestyle problems like an unhealthy diet, cigarette smoking, and struggling with your weight.
If you have severe gastrointestinal symptoms, you’ll likely need a colorectal cancer screening to diagnose the problem.
The most common colorectal cancer screening is a colonoscopy. Dr. Jayanty views the interior of your colon and rectum using a miniature camera.
During a colonoscopy, Dr. Jayanty can diagnose precancerous polyps — growths that could later become cancerous. He can immediately remove the polyps to dramatically reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Other colorectal cancer screenings include stool tests, blood tests, and computed tomography (CT) scans. Dr. Jayanty considers all aspects of your health to determine which test is best for your situation.
Colorectal cancer is highly treatable, especially in the early stages. Although prevention is always the best treatment, there are many ways to efficiently destroy the cancer. Your treatment will vary based on whether the cancer grows, how severe your symptoms are, and other factors.
The different colorectal cancer treatments include surgery, radiofrequency ablation, cryosurgery, chemotherapy, and monoclonal antibody treatments. Dr. Jayanty also regularly does clinical trials in the office, which allows you to try one of the newest, cutting-edge advances in colorectal cancer treatment.
Call the office of Vikram S. Jayanty M.D. now or click the provided link to schedule your colorectal cancer screening.