Risk Factors & Symptoms:
What to Look For
Colorectal cancer is most common in men and woman age 50 and older, although it can strike at younger ages. While these symptoms do not always indicate the presence of colorectal cancer, any one of them should prompt a visit with your physician, along with a check-up.
· Change in stool
· Rectal bleeding, or blood in/on the stool
· Dark/black stool
· Persistent diarrhea
· Weight loss associated with gastrointestinal symptoms
· Family history of colon cancer
· Abnormal imaging studies, CT scan or barium enema
· Previous history of colon polyps or cancer
· Surveillance for inflammatory bowel disease
· Chronic, unexplained abdominal pain
The American College of Gastroenterology considers colonoscopy the “gold standard” for colorectal screening. Why? Colonoscopies allow physicians to look directly at the entire colon, and to identify suspicious growths. A Colonoscopy is also the only test that allows a biopsy or removal of a polyp at the same time it is first identified.