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What Is Colorectal Cancer?

Diagram of the Colon and Rectum

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer, for short. As the drawing shows, the colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.

Sometimes abnormal growths, called polyps, form in the colon or rectum. Over time, some polyps may turn into cancer. Screening tests can find polyps so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment works best.


What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk of Colorectal Cancer?

Overall, the most effective way to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer is to get screened for colorectal cancer routinely, beginning at age 50.

Almost all colorectal cancers begin as precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Such polyps can be present in the colon for years before invasive cancer develops. They may not cause any symptoms, especially early on. Colorectal Cancer Screening can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented. Screening can also find colorectal cancer early, when there is a greater chance that treatment will be most effective and lead to a cure.

To learn more about what screening option is best for you, please call to schedule an appointment:  215-794-2426. 

 

Call Us First... We're here to help.

We want you to receive the right care, at  the  right  time, and  in  the  right  place. 

Are you experiencing symptoms or difficulties that require medical attention? Do you feel the need to see a specialist?

You should know that when you have unexpected or urgent medical needs, as your primary care physician we want you to Call Us First. You should also Call Us First before scheduling an appointment with a specialist. We can often meet your care needs at our office and save you a higher copay. 

Why  should  you  Call  Us  First?

We know you and your health story. As your primary care physician, we are in an ideal position to assess your health care needs.

We have same day appointments available to meet your needs, and can treat many common issues at a fraction of the cost of the emergency room.

Considering a Specialist?

We can help you determine where you should go for care. If you need a specialist, we can point you in the right direction.

We treat you at a fraction of the cost (e.g., copayment) than other locations. 

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