What Is Colorectal Cancer?

What Is Colorectal Cancer?

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No matter what the condition, a cancer diagnosis is one of the most difficult things to face in life – but with Orange County CyberKnife, there’s always hope. As a premier cancer treatment facility in the Orange County area, we treat cancers of all types and stages with world-class medical technology and a qualified, experienced team of cancer-fighting experts. We take a compassionate, personalized approach to cancer care, designing treatment plans that work with your lifestyle while giving you the support you need to thrive during cancer treatment. No matter what you’re up against, Orange County CyberKnife is your partner in beating cancer and reclaiming your normal, healthy lifestyle.

About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer refers to cancers occurring in the latter portion of the digestive tract, and it’s one of the most common forms of cancer. It’s particularly common for adults over 50, and while it can be fatal, it’s usually treatable if detected and treated early on. Colorectal cancer often has no obvious signs, which can make it difficult to diagnose without regular screenings. A few symptoms of colorectal cancer include:

  • Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
  • Changes in bowel movement frequency and nature, like alternating between constipation and diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • General fatigue
  • General discomfort in the abdomen
  • Unexplained anemia
  • Unexplained weight loss

How is Colorectal Cancer Diagnosed?

Because colorectal cancer has few obvious identifying symptoms, the best way to diagnose it is through regular screenings. We may use a variety of methods to detect and diagnose colorectal cancer, including:

  • A digital rectal exam (DRE), which looks for unusual growths or masses in the rectum.
  • A colonoscopy, which uses a long, lighted tube with a camera to look for polyps or other growths in the colon. Adults over 50 should receive colonoscopies every 10 years as a part of regular cancer screening.
  • A sigmoidoscopy, which uses a similar tube to look at the lower third of the colon. Adults over 50 should receive this screening every 5 years.
  • A stool test looking for blood and other signs of cancer.
  • A double-contrast barium enema, in which we’ll use x-rays to examine the colon and rectum.

If we do find signs of colorectal cancer, we’ll likely require other tests to confirm the presence of cancer and make an accurate diagnosis.

Colorectal Cancer Statistics

  • For both men and women, colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common form of cancer.
  • Roughly 130,000 Americans are diagnosed with some form of colorectal cancer each year.
  • 90% of colorectal cancer patients are over age 50, but it can develop at any age. It’s important to understand the risk factors and talk about your risk with your doctor.
  • Patients with a history of colon polyps, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, or a previous instance of colorectal cancer are at a greater risk.
  • A diet high in red meat and fat and low in fruits and vegetables increases the risk for colorectal cancer.
  • Smoking, drinking, obesity, and physical inactivity all increase risk for colorectal cancer.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Orange County, CA Cancer Treatment Facility

While colorectal cancer can be dangerous, at Orange County CyberKnife, we’re committed to helping you beat it – no matter what the odds. If you’d like to find out more about our cancer treatment facility, schedule an appointment for a consultation or second opinion, or just ask a few questions about cancer and how we treat it, feel free to call us at 714.962.7100 or reach out to us at our contact page. Battling cancer is a challenging and difficult process, but with the help of a world-class team of radiation oncologists and a state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility, you have the best possible chance of beating cancer and reclaiming your healthy, normal life.