It is the goal of The Endoscopy Center to make your experience as positive and pleasant as possible. However, sometimes outcomes are not as you would desire or anticipate. In the case of a cancer diagnosis it can be an overwhelming experience resulting in fear, sadness, anger and/or confusion. While we never look forward to presenting our patients with a cancer diagnosis, we also don't like to look back. All our efforts are focused around you and to help progress you through this difficult time and the realization that there can be Life...After the diagnosis. It is for this reason that we have initiated a fast-track system to help expedite the process and assist you in the treatment phase. During this time, our team will outline and initiate any further testing and physician consultations which may be indicated. Often, we will be able to schedule your initial appointments at other facilities/offices prior to your discharge from The Endoscopy Center. We hope that by providing this assistance we are able to lessen your stress, anxiety, and possible confusion during this difficult time. On many occasions we have been able to expedite the treatment for our patients that ultimately result in a better than anticipated outcome. Within the next few days, weeks and months, we hope that you may regain a new and fresh outlook. This is not always the case with a serious cancer diagnosis. Be assured of one thing...we will be by your side throughout this process and will be your support team throughout your care.
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Below are some statistical details about Colon Cancer that may help you understand the importance of screening colonoscopy.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States. The American Cancer Society predicts more then 148,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2008 and cause 49,960 deaths. The death rate has been decreasing over the past 15 years because of colon cancer screening through colonoscopy which finds and removes polyps before they turn into cancer.
RISK FACTORS include:
- Having had polyps or colon cancer in the past. Chances increase if had first colon cancer when less than 60 years old.
- History of bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
- Family history of colorectal cancer (especially if family member had colon cancer under 60 years old.
Age: 9 out of 10 people who develop colon cancer are over 50 years old.
Race: Greater incidence in African Americans and Jewish populations than others.
Diet: High in red meats
- Lack of exercise
- Alcohol consumption
SYMPTOMS of colorectal cancer include, but are not limited to:
- Change in bowel habits or stool appearance
- Constant feeling of needing to move bowels
- Rectal bleeding
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