A recent study showed that people who have had colon cancer are 15 percent more likely to develop another cancer than those with no history of colon cancer.
The study, conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, used data from cancer registries from nine states, finding that cancers in the small intestine, kidney, lung, stomach, bladder and endometrial cancers were all more common in people with a history of colon cancer.
The findings of these studies are important for colon cancer survivors because it reinforces the need for routine checkups for all types of cancer following colon cancer treatment. Since one in 20 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetime, it is imperative that those who have had colon cancer undergo regular cancer screenings.
Our world-renowned surgeons at La Peer Health Systems offer safe and cutting-edge cancer screenings, as well as minimally-invasive treatment procedures. Contact our Beverly Hills surgery center today to schedule an appointment with a board-certified physician.
Colon Cancer Screening
For those who have no history of colon cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends routine colonoscopies starting at age 50 (or 45 for African Americans), with follow-up screenings every 10 years.
However, if you have a family history of colon cancer, you should begin routine colonoscopies starting 10 years before the age your family member was diagnosed with the cancer.
Likewise, for patients who have had colon cancer, it is important to follow your doctor’s advice and instructions following colon cancer treatment.
Beverly Hills Colon Cancer Treatment
At La Peer, our board-certified colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of colon and colorectal cancers. For patients with colon cancer, several surgical treatment options are available, including:
- Laparoscopic colectomy
- Open colectomy
- Polypectomy and local excision
For rectal cancer patients, our Beverly Hills outpatient surgery center offers procedures such as:
- Rectal polypectomy and local excision,
- Local transanal resection
- Low anterior resection
- Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM)
- Abdominoperineal resection (APR)
- Proctectomy with colo-anal anastomosis
- Pelvic exenteration
For more information on the colorectal cancer treatment options offered at La Peer Health Systems, please contact our Beverly Hills outpatient center.
Recommended Cancer Screenings
If you have a history of colon cancer, you should routinely be tested for the following cancers:
- Colorectal (colon or rectal) cancer
- Lung cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Endometrial (within the uterus) cancer
Those who have no history of colon cancer should still be screened for these cancers, but the American Cancer Society has specific recommendations for the general public. For a full list of the cancer screenings men and women should undergo and at what age, please refer to our guidelines for early cancer detection.
Best Beverly Hills Outpatient Surgery Center
To schedule a routine cancer screening or to learn more about treatment options for colon or other cancers, please don’t hesitate to contact our Beverly Hills outpatient surgery center. You can schedule a consultation with a world-class surgeon at La Peer Health Systems by calling (855) 360-9119 or by filling out our online contact form.
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