As with many medical procedures and conditions, from
stroke care to orthopedic surgery, colon cancer is something people are familiar with
but may misunderstand. Don’t let these misconceptions about colon
cancer put your health on the line. Instead, educate yourself with the
facts to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Myth: Only People with Symptoms Need to Be Screened
Some people believe that they only need to consider colon cancer screenings
if they have symptoms of a problem. As Dr. Roger Hsiung of Southern Hills
Hospital & Medical Center explains in
this video, colon cancer is frequently asymptomatic, especially in its early stages.
By the time people experience colon cancer symptoms, the disease could
have progressed considerably and may have spread outside of the colon.
For this reason, everyone should have regular colon cancer screenings
at intervals recommended by his or her doctor.
Myth: Colon Cancer Is Not Preventable
Colon cancer is actually one of the few cancers that actually can be prevented
in many cases. The vast majority of cases begin with the growth of a precancerous
polyp. When a polyp is found during a colon cancer screening, such as
colonoscopy, it can be removed so that the cancer is prevented. You can
also lower your risk of developing colon cancer by eating a diet that
is rich in fiber, fruits, and vegetables and by getting physical activity
Myth: Only Men Need to Worry About Colon Cancer
Women and men get colon cancer at nearly the same rate, with men only slightly
more likely to develop it. Both genders need to take their risks of colon
cancer seriously. Age is the most important indicator of colon cancer
risk. Most cases occur in people over 50, though those with a family history
of the disease may have an increased risk of developing it at a younger age.
Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center offers advanced diagnostics services for colon cancer screenings and more,
alongside emergency care, stroke care, and orthopedic surgery in Las Vegas.
Request a referral to a provider by calling (702) 880-2700.