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Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) develops from noncancerous polyps in the large intestine, which slowly grow into cancer.
Regular cancer screenings can help detect colon cancer in its early stages, when it is most easily treated. Dignity Health North State offers screening options for colon cancer symptoms in Northern California. Find a Doctor today.
In the early stages of colon cancer there are often no signs or symptoms. Screening tests, including colonoscopy, are used to find cancer before symptoms develop.
When signs and symptoms of colon cancer do occur, they may include:
Keep in mind that other conditions share similar symptoms, such as hemorrhoids. It’s important to see your doctor for the right diagnosis.
Screening tests are an important tool to prevent colon cancer or catch it early. Colonoscopy is a common screening tool, but other options are available. Talk with your doctor about when you should start screening and what your options are.
In order to diagnose colon cancer once symptoms begin, your doctor will use the following:
In order for your doctor to plan the most effective treatment strategy for you, a complete diagnosis is necessary. This includes staging information, which signifies the extent of cancer in your body. You can trust the expert oncologists at Dignity Health North State to provide complete cancer care that puts your needs first.