Colon and rectal cancer care in Aurora
The colon (the longest part of the large intestine) and the rectum are important organs of the digestive system. This system is also called the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and it helps the body process food, create energy and manage solid waste. When abnormal cells develop in this area and grow out of control, cancer develops.
Learn more about our colorectal cancer services. Call (303) 253-3225.
At The Medical Center of Aurora, we work to diagnose and treat colon and rectal cancer, as well as help to prevent through screening. Fortunately, there are effective tools for diagnosing colon and rectal cancer, such as the colonoscopy. When found early, this type of cancer can be prevented.
A colonoscopy is a procedure performed by a physician to see inside your rectum and colon. Using a scope, your doctor is able to see if you have swollen tissue, polyps or cancer. This test can also help find the cause of major symptoms such as abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss or major changes in your bowel activity.
Symptoms of colorectal cancer
In some cases, colorectal cancer has no warning signs until the cancer has significantly progressed. Symptoms can also vary depending on the size and location of the cancer.
The most commonly experienced symptoms include:
- Blood in stool
- Changes in bowel habits
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained lowering of red blood cell count (anemia)
Your colorectal cancer risk
Typically, healthcare providers recommend colorectal cancer screening to start at 50 years of age—if you don’t have preexisting health problems or other risk factors to make you more likely to develop cancer. If you are more likely to develop this form of cancer, your doctor might recommend screening at a younger age, and more often.
You may be at a greater risk for colorectal cancer if you:
- Are male
- Are African-American
- Have a family history of polyps or colorectal cancer
- Have a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease
- Are overweight
- Smoke cigarettes
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As a member of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network of Excellence, our family of hospitals features leading edge cancer treatment and clinical trials. Sarah Cannon offers modern therapies for people facing cancer across the U.S. and our partnership provides patients personal, individualized care while benefiting from the network of resources Sarah Cannon has to offer.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at The Medical Center of Aurora in Denver, Colorado is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions with screenings, signs or symptoms, a registered askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 to connect directly to a nurse to help you today.