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Cancer of the large intestine is known as colon cancer, or colorectal cancer. Colon cancer develops very slowly from noncancerous polyps.
At Dignity Health Central California, our oncologists provide screenings, including colonoscopy, to detect and help prevent colon cancer. If you would like to meet with a trusted oncologist about colon cancer symptoms in Central California, Find a Doctor with our online tool.
Because early stage colon cancer often presents no signs or symptoms, screening tests are critical.
When signs and symptoms of colon cancer develop, they may include:
Other conditions, such as hemorrhoids, may have similar symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your Dignity Health Central California doctor for a clear diagnosis.
Colon cancer is often diagnosed in early, highly treatable stages, with the help of screening tests. These tests, such as colonoscopy, often catch colon cancer before symptoms develop. Talk with your doctor about your options and when you should start screening.
Once you have symptoms your doctor may use the following tests and exams to diagnose colon cancer:
A complete diagnosis, including the stage of colon cancer, helps your Dignity Health Central California doctor plan the most effective treatment and deliver the personal care you deserve.
At Dignity Health Central California our doctors diagnose the signs and symptoms of colon cancer in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.