Advanced Treatment for Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, occurs when malignant cells are found in the colon or rectum, which are parts of the large intestine. It is the third most common cancer in both men and women. Colonoscopies and fecal blood tests have helped decrease deaths from colon cancer.
Common treatment for colon cancer includes:
UPMC has a team of gastroenterologists, a colorectal surgeon, a surgical oncologist, and oncologists who are committed to providing you with the most advanced colon cancer treatment in northcentral PA.
Colon Cancer Signs
Signs of colon cancer include:
- Rectal bleeding
- Diarrhea, constipation, or other changes in bowel movements
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blood in the stool
- Abdominal pain
Risk Factors of Colon Cancer
There are various factors that can increase the risk of an individual developing colon cancer, including:
- Age. Most individuals who develop colon cancer are older than 50.
- Family history. You are at a great risk of developing colon cancer if you have a parent or sibling with colon cancer.
- Poor diet. Eating a diet that is high in fat and low in fiber can put you at a higher risk of developing colon cancer.
- Intestinal conditions. If you have a chronic inflammatory disease affecting your colon, such as Crohn’s disease, you have a higher chance of developing colon cancer.
Colon Cancer Treatment in Williamsport & Wellsboro
Treatment of colon cancer depends on the stage of colon cancer you are experiencing. When you visit UPMC for cancer treatment in Williamsport, Coudersport, or Wellsboro, our oncologists will come up with a customized treatment plan that will help you fight your cancer. Read more about our colorectal surgery services in Williamsport.