Letter: Doctor urges cancer screenings
“It’s not for me anymore. It’s to have him tested, to have him know, and to be able to make those necessary adjustments to his life or to get the screening that’s required,” she said. In his case, he hopefully will never have to have a Stage 3 cancer to trigger his concern. Hell be tested. Hell be checked. Tucker, age 33, was diagnosed in 2011. It was a complete change of everything I knew. I was going to have to have time off work. I was going to have to go through treatment, she said. Tucker said having the tests available in Manitoba is very important for families and makes it easier for those who do have the disorder to get on a prevention plan sooner. She added that while no one wants to find out they have an inherited genetic mutation that could lead to cancer, knowing has helped her control her risk. Dr.
Staging Colon and Rectal Cancer
I recommend to you and all of your readers to speak with their primary care doctor about being screened for colon/rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer rates have been decreasing over the last two decades which partly reflects an increase in screening allowing us to detect and remove colorectal polyps before they become cancer. Colon cancer affects the large intestine which includes the colon and rectum and is the second leading cause of cancer death in Tennessee. It affects both men and women and all racial groups. The estimated number of people to be diagnosed in Tennessee with colon cancer in 2014 is 3,030 people with approximately 1,220 deaths. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer that we treat in our practice. It is not only preventable, but also curable when detected at an early stage. We know that the risk of colon cancer increases with age, especially over the age of 50 (age 45 for African-Americans). The most important way to prevent colon cancer is getting your screen starting at age 50 for average risk individuals and younger if you have a family history or if you are of African-American descent. Most colon cancers we know start from benign polyps. Therefore, we have a chance not only of detecting but curing this disease. By screening and early removable of the polyps, we can eliminate most colon cancers. There are several types of screening tests now for colon cancer. These include testing stools for hidden blood, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and a colonoscopy. In Tennessee, insurance companies should pay for screening by any of these tests.
But, what does it mean when your doctor says you have stage I colon cancer or stage III rectal cancer? The following information will help you understand your diagnosis better. Colorectal Cancer: See How It Starts and How It Is Treated Stages of Colorectal Cancer Colon and rectal cancer are staged according to how far they have spread through the walls of the colon and rectum and whether they have spread to other parts of the body. This staging process allows doctors to determine the best treatments for the particular cancer. It also allows them to determine if the cancer is getting better with treatment or not responding. Staging Colon Cancer Stage 0 Stage 0 cancer of the colon is very early cancer. The cancer is found only in the innermost lining of the colon. Learn more about treatments for stage 0 colon cancer . Stage I The cancer has spread beyond the innermost lining of the colon to the second and third layers and involves the inside wall of the colon. The cancer has not spread to the outer wall of the colon or outside the colon. Learn more about treatments for stage I colon cancer . Stage II The tumor extends through the muscular wall of the colon, but there is no cancer in the lymph nodes (small structures that are found throughout the body that produce and store cells that fight infection).
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