Taking charge of your health and getting recommended screenings, such as a colonoscopy, can help you prevent rectal cancer on the Central Coast of California.
A type of gastrointestinal cancer, a rectal cancer prognosis comes with hope since treatment options at Dignity Health Central Coast are very effective for early stages. For more on rectal cancer prevention and colorectal cancer, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health Central Coast.
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Signs and symptoms of rectal cancer can include changes in bowel habits and type, along with weight loss, fatigue, and changes in appetite. Meet with one of our experienced oncologists if you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms.
Recognizing Rectal Cancer Causes with Dignity Health Central Coast
Rectal cancer develops over 10 to 15 years in your rectum, the last few inches of the large intestine. Over your lifetime, you have about a five percent chance of being diagnosed with rectal cancer.
The cause of rectal cancer is not fully understood. Dignity Health Central Coast oncology doctors know that certain risk factors and lifestyle choices do play an important role. Risks that can increase the likelihood of having rectal cancer include:
- Personal or family history of colorectal polyps or cancer
- Age 50 and older
- African American race
- Specific genetic conditions or gene mutations
- Type 2 diabetes
- History of ovarian, uterine, or breast cancer, or inflammatory bowel disease
Making changes in your life also can help with rectal cancer prevention. Loss weight, quit smoking, avoid heavy alcohol use, and enjoy life with activities and exercise.
At Dignity Health, we want you to live a happy, fulfilled life. Contact a trusted cancer doctor for more information about treatment for rectal cancer on the Central Coast.
Dignity Health oncology services provides personal care and treatment for colon cancer on the Central Coast of California.