Colon Cancer and Rectal Cancer in Greensboro, NC
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States, but it is preventable or curable if diagnosed in its early stages. Most colon cancer begins as colon polyps, which can be detected and potentially removed with a colonoscopy procedure. Colorectal cancer that is in its early stages tends to have no symptoms, so it is important to get your colonoscopy when your doctor recommends it. Possible symptoms of colon cancer are abdominal pain, black or bloody stools, weight loss or changes in bowel habits. If you are diagnosed with colon cancer or rectal cancer, your doctor may recommend surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy to treat this. Generally, 80-90% of people that are diagnosed with early stage colon cancer and rectal cancer and treated appropriately will be restored to their normal health. If the colorectal cancer is detected and treated at later stages, the cure rate drops to 50% or less.