Colon cancer is dangerous and potentially life-threatening. It’s also one of the easiest cancers to treat if caught early enough. To wrap up Colon Cancer Awareness Month, this article will discuss some of the signs of colorectal cancer that you should never ignore and why getting a colonoscopy may save your life.
Colon Cancer Symptoms
Colon cancer can present with a variety of different symptoms. Here are some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate a diagnosis of colorectal cancer:
- Sudden or unexpected weight loss
- Blood in the stool
- Stomach Cramping
- Irregular Bowel Movements
- Shortness of Breath
The Importance of Screening Colonoscopies
Many of the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer can be difficult to identify. That’s why it’s essential to get a screening colonoscopy when your doctor recommends. For most patients, age 50 is the first time a screening colonoscopy is recommended. It may be earlier for those with a history of colon cancer or other associated symptoms. Screening colonoscopies are safe and effective. If you’ve been putting off your colonoscopy, contact a GI doctor today. It could save your life!
Gastrointestinal Care in Chaska, MN
Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is a skilled gastroenterologist with more than 20 years of experience and over 40,000 advanced GI procedures performed over his career. Dr. Bhatti and the team at Bhatti GI consultants works hand-in-hand with each patient that walks through our clinic doors to provide compassionate, unparalleled care. We treat every patient with the respect they deserve and develop treatment strategies unique to your specific needs. Contact us today at Bhatti GI clinics (located in Chaska and Edina) to set up your appointment with us!