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Colon cancer, or colorectal cancer, is the third most common cancer after skin cancer in both men and women. Most colon cancers (95 percent) are adenocarcinomas. These cancers start as noncancerous polyps in the lining of the colon or rectum and slowly develop over 10 to 15 years.
If you’re concerned about colon cancer, Dignity Health is here to help. Our doctors can check for polyps with screening tests like a colonoscopy. Find a Doctor online to schedule a screening at one of our hospitals:
The cause of colon cancer isn’t fully understood. Anyone can get colon cancer, but certain risk factors increase your chances of developing it, including:
Screening can prevent colon cancer from developing by helping your doctor find polyps early, before symptoms start and before the polyps become cancerous. There are many effective screening methods, so talk with your doctor about your options.
When symptoms of colon cancer develop, they can include:
See your Dignity Health doctor for a correct diagnosis. Many other conditions have similar symptoms, such as hemorrhoids.
Our hospitals offer preventative care, early detection, advanced diagnostic and imaging technologies, and state-of-the-art treatments. If you are diagnosed with colon cancer, your Dignity Health doctor may recommend the following treatment options:
Screenings allow doctors to diagnose colon cancer in its earliest stages. Today’s treatment plans are extremely effective at curing colon cancer. More than one million Americans are colon cancer survivors. If you are diagnosed with colon cancer, rely on Dignity Health for the personal care you need.
Dignity Health provides complete care for colon cancer in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.