Rectal cancer begins as polyps, or abnormal cell growths, develop in the last six inches of the large intestine. If left untreated, rectal polyps can become cancerous tumors. Our doctors use advanced technology to find polyps and prevent them from turning into cancer. Rectal cancer is a common disease, but, with regular screenings and proper self-care, you can lower your risk for developing cancer of the rectum.
Find a Doctor today to get started with rectal cancer prevention at a Dignity Health Southern California hospital in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, or San Bernardino. We offer a variety of services for rectal care diagnosis, treatment and more.
Colorectal Cancer Screening at Dignity Health Southern California
A colonoscopy is a common screening exam used to find polyps in the rectum. During the procedure, your doctor will use an apparatus to look for abnormalities in the rectum, or to remove polyps.
Our specialists can perform a colonoscopy or other screening tests to help you prevent developing rectal cancer. If you have a higher risk for rectal cancer, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy even if you don’t have symptoms. Talk to a specialist about which screening is best for you.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Rectal Cancer
The prevention of colon and rectal cancer is not always guaranteed. However, lifestyle changes are preventive methods that lower your chances of developing the disease. To reduce your risk and improve your overall well-being, we suggest that you:
- Limit alcohol use
- Eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables
- Get moderate or vigorous exercise throughout the week
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit smoking
To begin rectal cancer prevention, schedule a screening and talk to one of our specialists about reducing your risk. As part of our cancer care services, we are always ready to help you take charge of your health.
Dignity Health uses the latest technology for the prevention of rectal cancer in Southern California.