Also called the large intestine, the colon performs the vital function of turning digested foods into waste. This process is important for the overall function of the human body and problems with the colon can be very painful and damaging. For most problems with the colon, an early diagnosis can prevent any serious damage and regular checkups can help catch the problems sooner.
Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
With the ability to begin as a small polyp, colon cancer can be detected in very early stages with regular screening, including a colonoscopy. At the earliest levels, colon cancer is highly treatable and even when the cancer has spread to lymph nodes, surgery and chemotherapy are still very effective.
In some cases, colon cancer can be detected by changing in bowel movement habits, blood in the stool, abdominal pain and fatigue. In other cases, however, there are no symptoms, which is why it is important to have regularly screening, which can detect any polyps that could result in colon cancer.
Regular check-ups are the first defense against colon problems. Early detection can increase the success of treatment greatly.
If you are having symptoms or have been diagnosed with a colon condition, reach out to us at Salem Surgical to find out what treatment options are available to you.