Category: Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

The lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about 60% and is slightly higher in men than in women. Half of those affected persons will die of the disease. It is rare before the age of 50 years and the incidence increases thereafter. Death caused by colon cancer has decreased over the last 20 years. [...]

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Screening for colon cancer

Screening for colon cancer

Screening for colon cancer can be done in many ways. The choice of which screening is best for the patient should be based on his/her preferences and the available resources for testing and follow-up. The physician or health care provider should explain the benefits and potential risks associated with each option before deciding on the [...]

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If i need to have a sigmoidoscopy, what should i expect?

If i need to have a sigmoidoscopy, what should i expect?

The actual sigmoidoscope is between 60 and 70 cm long. It is a flexible tube, especially the first few inches where the light is located. Within the scope there are channels for air to be put into the patient to open up the colon. There is a suction channel to pull out extra fluid and [...]

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What is a colonoscopy?

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscope is a similar scope with much greater capabilities for removal of polyps because the scope allows examination of the entire length of the intestine. This scope allows the physician to evaluate for inflamed tissue, growths, ulcers, bleeding, and spasm. The main differences between the sigmoidoscopy and the colonoscopy are that the latter examines [...]

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