Colorectal cancer screenings save lives—Free Seminar & Colorectal Screening KitSugar Land, TX - 2/5/2013
Most people aren’t comfortable discussing issues relating to their colon or rectum. That’s OK.
Dr. Swarna Balasubramaniam and Dr. Nasrullah Manji
“Colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can not only be detected in its early stages by screening, but can actually be prevented,” says Swarna Balasubramaniam, M.D., board certified colorectal surgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “These cancers almost always develop from polyps in the colon or rectum. With many of the screening tests, polyps can be found and removed before they become cancerous.”
The ACS and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend colorectal cancer screenings for men and women beginning at age 50. Certain people should begin screening earlier, and may need more frequent tests. Talk to your doctor about a screening schedule that is right for you.
“The exact causes of colorectal cancer are not known,” says Dr. Balasubramaniam. “However, certain factors increase the risk of developing the disease.” According to the National Cancer Institute, they include:
“Although you hear people say they’re ‘dying of embarrassment,’ in reality, it simply doesn’t happen,” says Dr. Manji. So if you’re embarrassed to talk to your doctor about colorectal cancer screening, do it anyway; you’ll get over it. The same may not be true of cancer. To schedule a screening or consultation with Dr. Balasubramaniam or Dr. Manji, call 281-274-7500.
FREE SEMINAR & SCREENING