According to the American Cancer Society, doctors in the United States diagnosed over 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and almost 40,000 cases of rectal cancer in 2017. These staggering numbers make colon cancer screenings to catch this condition at its earliest and most treatable stages more important than ever. Learn more about colon cancer screenings with Dr. Anubha Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists with locations in Flemington, NJ and Hillsborough, NJ.
Who is at risk for colorectal cancer?
One of the biggest risk factors for colorectal cancer is simply getting older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 90% of colorectal cancer cases occur in individuals over the age of 50. A family history of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and lifestyle choices like alcohol or tobacco use, a poor diet which lacks an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables, and being overweight or obese also put someone at a higher risk of colorectal cancer.
When should I start having colon cancer screenings?
Colorectal cancer usually begins as noncancerous polyps found in the colon. These polyps are easily detectable with a colon cancer screening. This screening, which involves a long, thin tube with a camera on the end. This tube, called a colonoscope, allows your doctor to see inside the colon and visually find polyps. Doctors recommend beginning regular colon cancer screenings at the age of 50.
Colon Cancer Screenings in Flemington, NJ and Hillsborough, NJ
If you are at risk for colon cancer, regular colon cancer screenings can save your life. These screenings are an important part of finding and catching the condition in its earliest, precancerous stages. This leads to effective treatment and prevention, stopping the condition in its tracks and allowing you to get back to your normal life, cancer-free. Doctors recommend starting screening colonoscopy at age 50 in average-risk patients. Average risk African American patients are recommended at age 45.
For more information on colorectal cancer or its diagnosis, please contact Dr. Anubha Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists with locations in Flemington, NJ and Hillsborough, NJ. Call (908) 788-8200 to schedule your appointment at either of the two locations today!
Have a question for our Flemington & Hilsborough gastroenterologist? We are here to answer some of your most popular questions.
The GI tract can be rather confusing sometimes. You may be dealing with stomach cramps or have trouble with heartburn. If so, you may end up coming up with a laundry list of questions for our GI doctor. Well, now we are here to provide you with some of the answers you’ve been looking for.
Q. Why should I see a gastroenterologist?
A. If you’ve talked to your family physician about some of the gastrointestinal issues you’ve been experiencing (e.g. heartburn; diarrhea; abdominal pain), then chances are good that your doctor will refer you to a gastroenterologist. You may also want to visit us if you have a family history of colon cancer or if you are over the age of 50 (to start getting routine colon cancer screenings).
Q. What problems can a gastroenterologist treat?
A. As you probably already know, a gastroenterologist is a medical professional who specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions of the gastrointestinal system as well as digestive organs. This includes everything from the esophagus and stomach to the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
Q. Should I get a colonoscopy from my Flemington & Hilsborough gastroenterologist?
A. Any man or woman over the age of 50 should start getting routine colonoscopies. If results come back normal, then you may not need to come in for another colonoscopy for another 10 years. Of course, if you have a family history of colon cancer, if you are African American or you have other risk factors, then we may determine that you should come in more regularly and earlier for screenings.
Q. What are some ways to treat heartburn?
A. While some people may be able to remedy their heartburn by taking an over-the-counter medication, if these medications aren’t doing the trick then it’s time you turned to us for a prescription medication that could help reduce flare-ups. Of course, avoiding acidic or spicy foods and eating smaller portions can also help reduce your heartburn symptoms.
Q. How can I prevent colon cancer?
A. There are many easy lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health and reduce your chances of colon cancer including limiting alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, eating a healthy balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight. Everyone, no matter their risk level, should be screened for colon cancer.
If you have any other questions that we didn’t address here, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and your Flemington & Hilsborough gastroenterologist a call. If you need to sit down and talk to us, we would be happy to schedule a consultation for you.
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