Colon Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer, commonly referred to as colon cancer, is a type of cancer that affects the colon and rectum. It is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. Early detection and treatment are critical to improving survival rates and quality of life for those affected by colon cancer. CoreMed Plus offers comprehensive colon cancer screenings and supportive services to help patients prevent, diagnose, and treat this disease.

Colon cancer screening is the process of testing for cancerous or precancerous cells in the colon or rectum. Screening is typically recommended for adults over 50 or earlier for those with certain risk factors, such as a family history of colon cancer. Regular screening can help detect colon cancer in its early stages when it is more treatable and has a better chance of being cured.

CoreMed Plus offers several options for colon cancer screening, including colonoscopy, fecal occult blood tests, and stool DNA tests. During a colonoscopy, a thin, flexible tube with a camera is inserted into the rectum to examine the entire colon and rectum for abnormalities or growths called polyps. If polyps are found, they can be removed during the procedure to prevent them from developing into cancer.

Fecal occult blood tests and stool DNA tests are non-invasive tests that can be done at home. These tests look for blood or abnormal DNA in the stool, which can indicate the presence of colon cancer or precancerous polyps. If abnormal results are found, further testing may be recommended to confirm a diagnosis and determine appropriate treatment.

In addition to screening services, CoreMed Plus offers a range of supportive services to help patients with colon cancer manage their condition and improve their quality of life. These services may include nutrition counseling, physical therapy, pain management, and emotional support. The team at CoreMed Plus works closely with patients and their families to develop individualized treatment plans and provide ongoing care and support throughout the cancer journey.

By offering comprehensive colon cancer screening and support services, CoreMed Plus is committed to helping patients prevent, detect, and treat colon cancer. With early detection and treatment, many cases of colon cancer can be successfully managed, allowing patients to live longer, healthier lives. Contact CoreMed Plus today to schedule a colon cancer screening or to learn more about the supportive services available to those affected by this disease.

What is Colon Cancer

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a type of cancer that affects the colon and rectum. It occurs when abnormal cells in the colon or rectum begin to grow and multiply uncontrollably, forming a tumor. Over time, these cancerous cells can spread to other body parts if left untreated.

Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with an estimated 104,270 new cases in the United States in 2021. It is more commonly diagnosed in people over 50 but can occur at any age.

Risk factors for colon cancer include:

  • Age.
  • A family history of colon cancer or polyps.
  • A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Certain genetic conditions.

Lifestyle factors such as a diet high in red and processed meats, low physical activity levels, and smoking can also increase the risk of developing colon cancer.

Symptoms of colon cancer may include changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain or cramping, and unintended weight loss. However, many people with colon cancer may not experience symptoms, which is why routine screenings are important.

Screening for colon cancer typically involves a colonoscopy, a procedure in which a flexible tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the rectum and colon to look for abnormalities or polyps. Other screening options include stool-based tests or virtual colonoscopies.

Treatment for colon cancer varies depending on the stage and location of the cancer, as well as the patient’s overall health and medical history. Surgery to remove the tumor is often the first line of treatment, followed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy to kill any remaining cancer cells. In some cases, targeted therapy may also be used to target specific genes or proteins involved in the cancer’s growth and spread.

At CoreMed Plus, we offer comprehensive screening and diagnostic services for colon cancer. Our healthcare professionals work with each patient to determine the most appropriate screening schedule based on their risk factors and medical history. We also provide follow-up diagnostic services, including colonoscopies and biopsies, to evaluate any abnormal findings promptly.

By choosing CoreMed Plus for colon cancer screening and treatment, patients can take an active role in their healthcare and ensure they receive the most comprehensive and advanced services available. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to patients and helping them maintain optimal health throughout their lives.

Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a type of cancer that develops in the colon or rectum. The signs and symptoms of colon cancer may vary from person to person and depend on the location of the cancer within the colon or rectum. Some common signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:

  1. Changes in Bowel Habits: People with colon cancer may experience changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, diarrhea, or narrow stools.
  2. Abdominal Discomfort: Persistent abdominal discomforts, such as cramps, bloating, or gas, may be a sign of colon cancer.
  3. Blood in the Stool: One of the most common signs of colon cancer is rectal bleeding or blood in the stool.
  4. Unexplained Weight Loss: Colon cancer can cause unexplained weight loss, possibly due to the cancerous cells using up energy.
  5. Fatigue: Colon cancer may cause fatigue or weakness due to the body’s immune system fighting the cancerous cells.
  6. Anemia: In some cases, colon cancer can cause anemia, with fewer red blood cells in the body than normal.
  7. Intestinal Obstruction: As colon cancer grows, it can obstruct the intestine and cause abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

It is important to note that some people with colon cancer may not experience any symptoms in the early stages of the disease, so regular screening is crucial for early detection.

Screening for colon cancer is recommended for all individuals aged 50 years and older or earlier for those with a family history of colon cancer. Early detection of colon cancer through screening tests can improve the chances of successful treatment and survival.

If you experience any of the above symptoms or have concerns about your risk of colon cancer, it is essential to speak with a healthcare provider. They may recommend colonoscopies or other screening tests to detect colon cancer or other gastrointestinal conditions.

In addition to screening tests, making lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and not smoking can help reduce the risk of developing colon cancer. If diagnosed with colon cancer, treatment options such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or targeted therapy may be recommended depending on the stage and severity of the cancer.

How to Diagnose Colon Cancer

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a cancer that develops in the large intestine or rectum. The earlier the cancer is detected, the better the chance of successful treatment. Here are some ways in which colon cancer can be diagnosed:

  1. Colonoscopy: This is a common diagnostic test for colon cancer. A colonoscopy uses a flexible tube with a camera to look for abnormal growths or polyps in the colon or rectum. If any are found, a biopsy may be taken to determine if they are cancerous.
  2. Fecal Occult Blood Test: This test checks for hidden blood in the stool, which can be a sign of colon cancer. A small stool sample is collected and sent to a lab for analysis.
  3. Sigmoidoscopy: Similar to a colonoscopy, a sigmoidoscopy uses a flexible tube with a camera to examine the lower part of the colon and rectum. A biopsy may be taken if any abnormal growths or polyps are found.
  4. Virtual Colonoscopy: This test uses advanced imaging technology to create a detailed picture of the colon and rectum. It is less invasive than a traditional colonoscopy but requires preparation and may miss small polyps.
  5. Double-Contrast Barium Enema: This test uses X-rays and a special dye to create detailed images of the colon and rectum. It is less commonly used today due to the availability of other diagnostic tests.

Individuals need to discuss their screening options with their healthcare provider and determine the best course of action based on their age, family history, and personal health history.

It is also worth noting that individuals with a higher risk of colon cancer may require more frequent or earlier screening. This includes individuals with a personal or family history of colon cancer or polyps, a history of inflammatory bowel disease, or certain genetic conditions.

In addition to screening, individuals must pay attention to their body and report any symptoms or changes to their healthcare provider. Symptoms of colon cancer can include:

  • Changes in bowel habits, including diarrhea, constipation, or a change in stool consistency
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

It is important to note that other conditions can also cause these symptoms, but discussing any concerns with a healthcare provider is always best.

Colon cancer can be diagnosed through various tests, including colonoscopy, fecal occult blood test, sigmoidoscopy, virtual colonoscopy, and double-contrast barium enema. Individuals should discuss their screening options with their healthcare provider and report any symptoms or changes to their body. Early detection and treatment can significantly improve the outcome for those with colon cancer.

Treatment for Colon Cancer

Colon cancer treatment depends on several factors, including the stage of cancer, the tumor’s location, and the patient’s overall health. The most common treatments for colon cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy.

  1. Surgery: Surgery is the primary treatment for colon cancer, and it involves removing the tumor and any affected lymph nodes. In some cases, a portion of the colon may also need to be removed. This is called a colectomy. The type of surgery needed depends on the location and size of the tumor.
  2. Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy is often used after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells. It may also be used to shrink tumors before surgery. In some cases, chemotherapy may help control symptoms when the cancer has spread.
  3. Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells. It may be used before or after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells or to shrink tumors before surgery.
  4. Targeted Therapy: Targeted therapy uses drugs that target specific proteins or genes involved in cancer growth. These drugs can help slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. Targeted therapy may be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy.

Other treatments for colon cancer may include immunotherapy, which uses drugs to boost the body’s immune system to fight cancer, and ablative therapies, which use heat or cold to destroy cancer cells.

In addition to medical treatment, lifestyle changes may also be recommended to help manage the symptoms of colon cancer and improve overall health. This may include changes to diet and exercise and emotional support through counseling or support groups.

It is essential to work closely with a healthcare team to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for colon cancer. Each case is unique and requires an individualized approach to treatment.

Regular screenings for colon cancer can help detect the disease early when it is most treatable. CoreMed Plus offers various screening options, including colonoscopies and stool tests, to help individuals stay on top of their colon health and detect any signs of colon cancer early. Early detection is key to successful treatment and can significantly improve a person’s chances of survival.

Meet Dr. Mark Richter

I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. 

I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.

Meet Briahnnon Long NP-BC

Briahnnon Long, NP-BC, graduated from Oakland University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She then pursued her Master of Science in Nursing. She graduated from The University of Michigan Flint in 2020 and became board certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

She works in the acute care setting as a hospitalist and in the subacute care setting at a skilled nursing facility. She has special interests in health and wellness, preventative medicine, and chronic care management in the primary care setting. She loves being outdoors, cheering on her husband and two children in hockey, and camping and boating in the summer.

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Colon cancer is a serious condition affecting millions worldwide, but it is highly curable with early detection and proper treatment. At CoreMed Plus, we understand the importance of colon cancer screenings in the early detection and prevention of this disease. Our experienced healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing comprehensive screening, diagnostic services, and personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.

Everyone should have access to high-quality healthcare, and we strive to make colon cancer screenings and treatments as convenient and affordable as possible. With our state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies, we can promptly provide accurate and reliable results, allowing our patients to receive prompt treatment and achieve the best possible outcomes.

We encourage everyone to take charge of their health and schedule regular colon cancer screenings. With CoreMed Plus by your side, you can have peace of mind knowing you are receiving the highest care and support. Contact us today to learn more about our colon cancer screening services and how we can help you stay healthy and cancer-free.

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    Dr. Mark Richter Bio

    I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.