Are you over the age of 50? Do you have a family history of colorectal cancer? Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer? Community has the cancer answers for you when it comes to colorectal cancer care. Our affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network® means that our patients in Central Indiana and beyond have access to certified colon cancer specialists and the best treatment options to fight colon cancer.
Did you know?
Here are some quick facts about colorectal cancer, who is at risk, prevention methods and treatment outcomes.
- Colon cancer is not just a man's cancer. It is as common in women as in men and is one of the leading cancer killers in the U.S.
- Colon cancer can be prevented. Healthy lifestyle combined with early detection methods can stop colorectal cancer before it starts.
- African-American men and women are more likely to be diagnosed and die from colon cancer than any other ethnic group.
- People ages 50 and older are at highest risk for colorectal cancer.
- Colon cancer is highly treatable if found early through testing (five-year-survival rate of 90%).
What is colorectal cancer?
Colorectal cancer is caused by malignant cells found in the colon or rectum. Learn more >>
Colon cancer signs and symptoms
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. in both men and women. It was the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in Indiana in 2013. So when should you visit your doctor? See your physician if you experience these symptoms that may indicate colorectal cancer: blood in the stool, pain in abdomen, or changes in stool or bowel habits. More signs and symptoms of colon cancer >>
Colon cancer screening tests
Screening tests help find colorectal cancer in the early stages or even before it starts. There are a variety of tests for colon cancer, but colonoscopy is the most thorough way to check for both polyps and cancer. Most people should have a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50. Those at high risk should start screening at an earlier age and be screened more often. In addition to screening, diet and lifestyle changes can also help prevent colon cancer. Screening tests and prevention >>
Below, Community gastroenterologists discuss risk factors and ways to prevent colon cancer, including the importance of colonoscopies to detect and treat colon cancer early. To make an appointment for a colonoscopy, call 800-777-7775.
Watch a live colonoscopy procedure
On October 29, 2013, Dr. Shekar Narayanan performed a live colonoscopy webcast. Watch the replay and more videos >>
Meeting a colon cancer specialist: What you need to know
Dr. Shekar Narayanan explains what it's like to meet a colorectal specialist and how you work together in the fight against colon cancer.
First of all, it's ok to be nervous when meeting a colorectal cancer surgeon. You have the right to be. I have been on that side of the table with family members and it can be overwhelming. The most important thing to remember is that we are on your side. More from Dr. Narayanan about your experience >>