Do I Need a Colonoscopy?
Colon cancer is called the “silent” killer because it can grow in an unsuspecting person without any complaints or symptoms. Both men and women are equally at risk and if you are 40 or older, colon cancer screening should be performed every year regardless of how “healthy” you feel.
If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you are at an increased risk and should contact our office for information about screening for colorectal cancer.
- Are you aged 40 or older?
- Do you have a parent, brother, sister or child with colorectal cancer?
- Do you have a parent, brother, sister, or child who has had colon polyps?
- Do you have inflammatory bowel disease known as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease?
- Have you experienced any of the following symptoms?
- Blood in or on the stool or passage of bright red blood
- Change in bowel habits such as diarrhea, constipation or having stools narrower than usual
- Unexplained and frequent aches, gas pains, or cramps in the stomach
- A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
- Weight loss or loss of appetite for no apparent reason
- Weakness and fatigue
Schedule a Consultation at Colorectal Surgical Associates
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions and are concerned about your possibility of having colon cancer, please contact the Houston colorectal surgeons at the Colorectal Surgical Associates for more information today.