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Posts for tag: Colon Cancer

By Daniel J Alpert MD
June 14, 2021
Category: GI Health
Tags: Colon Cancer  

Dr. Daniel Alpert of New York, NY, and his team are dedicated to helping patients concerned about colon cancer. We perform colonoscopies and other screening tests to help protect patients. If you're concerned about the health of your colon, keep reading about the warning signs to look out for and come see us for a colon cancer screening test.

How does colon cancer start?

Cancer in the colon often begins as a polyp. A polyp grows in the lining of your large intestine or colon and starts as a small clump of cells. Many polyps remain benign and are only removed if found during a colonoscopy as a precaution. As polyps grow in size, it's more likely they become cancerous and should be removed. Colonoscopies at our New York, NY, practice are so important because colon cancer can be present in the body for many years before a patient actually experiences symptoms.

What are the first warning signs?

If you have a history of colon cancer in your family, you're probably wondering about getting a colonoscopy. Even if you are not at an increased risk for colon cancer, you should still have a colonoscopy by the age of 50. Different screening tests are used to confirm colon cancer, but early warning signs of an issue in the colon could be:

  • Excessive gas
  • Stomach pain
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea or constipation that doesn't go away
  • Black or bloody stool
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feeling like your bowels are still full after you go

Experiencing any of these symptoms could mean there is an issue in your colon. We specialize in colonoscopies and other screening tests to help prevent colon cancer. If you are concerned about the health of your colon, Dr. Alpert and his team are here for you in New York, NY, Contact us for an appointment at (212) 599-7910.

By Daniel J Alpert MD
April 06, 2021
Category: GI Conditions
Tags: Colon Cancer  

Dr. Daniel Alpert performs colonoscopies in New York, NY, for patients concerned about colon cancer. According to the CDC, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. You should be screened yearly between the ages of 50 and 75, even if you are not having any symptoms.

Colonoscopies can find and remove precancerous polyps even when you haven't had any symptoms, which is why a colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years. Your gastroenterologist will want to know your family history because if a family member has had colon cancer you could be at an elevated risk. If you are at an elevated risk for colon cancer, your doctor will recommend different screening tests so that you have one every year.

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment to come see us in New York, NY:

  • Abdominal pain. Everyone has pain in the gut sometimes, but persistent abdominal pain with cramps or gas isn't normal and could be a sign of tearing of the bowel.
  • Blood in the stool. Blood in the stool also changes the color of the stool to black.
  • Diarrhea that lasts longer than a week.
  • Constipation that lasts longer than a week.
  • Any other change in bowel habits, including any incontinence.
  • Unexplained weight loss. Most patients with colon cancer lose weight at some point.

Any of these symptoms could mean you have precancerous polyps in the colon, but these can also happen without you ever experiencing symptoms which is why yearly screenings are so important. If it's not time for you to have a colonoscopy, your doctor may recommend a different screening test that involves a stool sample or a less invasive procedure called a flexible sigmoidoscopy.

If you are concerned about colon cancer, Dr. Daniel Alpert is here for you in New York, NY. Contact us for an appointment at (212) 599-7910.