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.
To schedule your screening, call our nurse department at (303) 699-3061.
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
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
The Medical Center of Aurora is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.