March is colon cancer awareness month! All month we will be spreading the word about colon cancer and offering some tips for identification, prevention, and treatment. In this article, we’re going to talk a little bit about the symptoms of colon cancer, and why screening colonoscopies are the best way to prevent colon cancer.
The toughest thing about identifying colon cancer is that it often does not present with any symptoms. That’s why regular colonoscopies are an essential aspect of prevention. There are some symptoms that may indicate colon cancer that should not be ignored, including:
- Blood in your stools
- Stools that are narrower than normal
- Unexplained abdominal pain
- Change in bowel habits
- Unexplained anemia
- Unexplained weight loss
Schedule Your Colonoscopy
A colonoscopy is one of the best ways to identify and prevent colon cancer. Regular screenings are recommended for most patients beginning at age 50. Those with a family history of colon cancer may need earlier or more frequent screenings. Schedule your screening colonoscopy today at Bhatti GI! Dr. Bhatti has performed more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures over the course of his twenty years as a practicing physician. He is one of the most experience gastroenterologists in Minnesota. Our primary clinics are located in Edina and Chaska, but we provide care to patients throughout the Twin Cities.