Colon Polyp/ Colon Cancer

Polyps are small growths in the lining of the colon. Left unattended, these polyps can become colon cancers.  Colon cancer, when found early, is over 90% curable. The risk factors for developing colon cancer include:

  • Age – risk doubles after the age of 50
  • Family history of polyps and colorectal cancers
  • Having an Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease
  • High Fat/Low Fiber Diet
  • Being overweight
  • Heavy alcohol drinking and smoking

A screening colonoscopy is a procedure that allows your ADH gastroenterologist to carefully look at the lining of your colon and remove any polyps that are discovered.  Not all colonoscopies are created equally. Studies show that colonoscopies performed by specially trained gastroenterologists are more likely to find small polyps. You do not need a referral from a primary care physician in order to schedule the procedure, call for an appointment today if you are:

  • 50 years of age or older
  • 45 year of age for African Americans
  • Have a family history of colon cancer in a 1st degree relative (parent, sibling, child) 

Symptoms of colon cancer include: unexplained weight loss and blood in stool.