Colorectal Cancer Screening Patient Education
Screening for Colorectal Cancer in Fremont
Colon and rectum cancers—otherwise known as colorectal cancer—can
occur both in men and women. In fact, colorectal cancer is the third leading
type of cancer in the United States for both men and women. That’s
why it is important to screen frequently for these types of cancers. According
to the United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC),
up to 60% of deaths caused by colorectal cancer could be prevented if
men and women over age 50 scheduled annual screenings. At Washington Township
Medical Foundation, we offer advanced screenings services to facilitate
preventative care for our community.
Am I At Risk for Colorectal Cancer?
Two of the major factors for colorectal cancer are age and genetics. It
is recommended that people over the age of 50 obtain colonoscopy screenings
at least every 10 years. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer,
you should be even more vigilant. Some health professionals recommend
getting screenings 10 years before the age of the onset of cancer in their
family member or at age 40, whichever comes first.
Additional risk factors include:
- Personal medical history of intestinal polyps
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Inactivity / lack of exercise
- Large amounts of red meat / processed meats
- Excessive alcohol drinking
- Tobacco use
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) at Washington Township Medical Foundation
Our team at WTMF offers patients the use of a high-definition diagnostic
tool called endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). This tool combines both ultrasound
and endoscopy for clear, detailed pictures. EUS can also be used for staging
colorectal cancer, telling the doctor about information regarding where
the cancer has spread in order to plan the most effective treatment. EUS
involves use of an ultrasound device placed at the end of an endoscope.
Schedule an appointment for colorectal screening with our team at Washington
Township Medical Foundation in Fremont, CA.