Colon cancer begins as noncancerous polyps in the colon or rectum. Over time, the polyps slowly grow and become cancerous. Because colorectal cancer develops gradually, the symptoms of colon cancer often appear long after the cancer develops.
At Dignity Health Southern California, we aim to find and treat cancer before it advances, so colon cancer screenings are part of our comprehensive cancer care services. Find a Doctor today at one of our hospitals who can perform a colorectal cancer screening and assess your colon cancer symptoms in Southern California.
It’s important to know bowel cancer symptoms and signs of colon cancer, which include:
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Bloody or very dark stool
- Changes in consistency, or narrowing of the stool
- Changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea and constipation
- Rectal bleeding
- Feeling of incomplete bowel movements
- Tiredness or weakness
- Weight loss or loss of appetite
- Anemia, or low red blood cell count
The symptoms above can indicate the presence of colon cancer or another serious disease.
Depend on Dignity Health Southern California for an Accurate Diagnosis
Experiencing colorectal cancer symptoms can be scary and confusing. We take your concerns about colon cancer seriously. That’s why we provide cancer screenings to understand your symptoms, provide an accurate diagnosis, and ensure the best treatment.
There are several ways we check for colon cancer. After discussing your symptoms with one of our specialists, we will perform a colonoscopy, run a blood test, or take imaging exams. Sometimes, we perform more than one type of test to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms.
Coping with a Diagnosis of Colon Cancer
When screening tests reveal colon cancer, we provide quality care to help you maintain a satisfying life despite the diagnosis. Our team of specialists will discuss your treatment options and develop a personalized treatment plan.
Trust our specialists at Dignity Health Southern California to perform the necessary screenings and evaluate any symptoms you may have.
Dignity Health Southern California provides complete diagnostic services for colon cancer.