Get the Facts

Prevention

Testing is Critical:

 

Colon cancer is America’s #2 cancer killer. It’s also one of the most preventive and curable cancers, but only in the early stages. That’s why screenings are so critical. Most people age 50 and older should have a colonoscopy every 10 years, with additional check-ups if warning signs or symptoms occur. African Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a younger age than other ethnic groups, so screening as early as 40 years old is recommended.

 

 

Risk Factors & Symptoms:

 

What to Look For

Colorectal cancer is most common in men and woman age 50 and older, although it can strike at younger ages. While these symptoms do not always indicate the presence of colorectal cancer, any one of them should prompt a visit with your physician, along with a check-up.

 

·         Change in stool

·         Rectal bleeding, or blood in/on the stool

·         Dark/black stool

·         Persistent diarrhea

·         Weight loss associated with gastrointestinal symptoms

·         Family history of colon cancer

·         Abnormal imaging studies, CT scan or barium enema

·         Previous history of colon polyps or cancer

·         Surveillance for inflammatory bowel disease

·         Chronic, unexplained abdominal pain

 

The American College of Gastroenterology considers colonoscopy the “gold standard” for colorectal screening. Why? Colonoscopies allow physicians to look directly at the entire colon, and to identify suspicious growths. A Colonoscopy is also the only test that allows a biopsy or removal of a polyp at the same time it is first identified.

 

 

 

 

Complete Digestive Care

 

The Arkansas Diagnostic Center offers total digestive care services and treatments, with an emphasis on preventive care procedures such as Colonoscopy. We diagnose and treat a variety of diseases and conditions, including:

 

·         Heart Burn & Reflux

·         Crohn’s Disease

·         Peptic Ulcer Disease

·         Hepatitis

·         Gastro Paresis

·         Lactose Intolerance

·         Barrett’s Esophagus

·         Ulcerative

·         Irritable Bowel Syndrome