Catch colon cancer early
Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, with proper screening, colon and rectal cancer can be prevented. Colorectal cancer often starts in the large intestine (colon and rectum) as a polyp, a small growth on the inner lining of the colon. Symptoms can be nonspecific. Common abdominal ailments or a change in bowel habits are common occurrences, but don’t always mean you have colorectal cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, the recommended age to start regular colorectal screening is 45 unless you have a family history of colorectal cancer or predisposing, inherited syndrome.
Other factors that may contribute to colonic polyps include inflammatory bowel disease, smoking, obesity, drinking alcohol, lack of exercise and eating a diet rich in fats.
A colonoscopy is the best way to detect colorectal cancer. This examines the entire large intestine and detects the presence of polyps that could be or possibly become cancerous. When discovered early, colon cancer is highly treatable, so colonoscopy screening is crucial.
Screening is recommended for patients who have the following symptoms:
- Blood in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
- Change in bowel habits or lower abdominal cramping
- Family history of colon cancer and over age 40
- Over age 45 (even without symptoms)
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For more information or to schedule your colonoscopy, talk to your doctor or call UT Health East Texas Physicians – Gastroenterology – A department of UT Health North Campus Tyler at 903-877-7162
The human digestive system is a complex network of tubes and specialized organs. Its essential function is to digest food, extract nutrients from food to nourish the body, and dispose of waste. The digestive system is always at work, so it’s not uncommon for problems to occur. In fact, between 60 and 70 million people suffer from digestive diseases.
Digestive Health for Our Community
Gastroenterologists, commonly called GI doctors, are experts in treating all things related to the digestive system. GI doctors diagnose and treat disorders affecting the small bowel, colon, and organs that impact digestion, including the stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. From celiac disease to ulcers, the specialized team at UT Health North Campus Tyler has years of experience in keeping our patients’ digestive systems in check.
Conditions we commonly treat include:
- Celiac disease
- Chronic vomiting
- Colon polyps
- Colorectal cancer
- Crohn’s disease
- Difficulty swallowing
- Diverticulitis, diverticulosis, and ischemic bowel disease
- Esophageal reflux
- GI infections caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa
- Heartburn and GERD
- Hepatitis C
- Hiatal hernia
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Pancreatitis (acute and chronic)
- Rectal bleeding
- Spastic colon
- Ulcerative colitis
Procedures We Perform
- Capsule endoscopy
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Liver biopsy
- Radioablation of Barrett’s esophagus
- Single balloon enteroscopy
- Upper GI endoscopy
Tests We Offer
- Barium enema or swallow
- Imaging of the abdomen, liver and biliary tract, gallbladder and pancreas