Colorectal Cancer Treatment in Encino
Colon cancer refers to cancer of the large intestine (colon) while rectal cancer refers to cancer of the last 6 inches of the colon (rectum). Cancers affecting either of these organs are collectively known as colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third-most common cancer in men and women in the United States. The majority of people with colorectal cancer have no family history of the disease.
Colorectal cancer occurs when cells lining the colon or the rectum become abnormal and grow uncontrollably. Most cases of colorectal cancer begin as small, benign clusters of cells called polyps. Over time, some polyps may become cancerous. Polyps may produce few, if any, symptoms.
Regular screening tests can help prevent colon cancer by identifying polyps before they become cancerous. Flexible colonoscopy is the "gold standard" colon cancer screening test. Men and women should have their first colonoscopy by age 50, or sooner when there is a family history of colorectal cancer or the patient has colon cancer symptoms such as changes in bowel habits, blood in stool, abdominal pain, bloating and fatigue.
Learn more about state-of-the-art colon cancer treatment. Call Valley Colorectal Surgeons at 818-387-8725 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our colorectal cancer patients come to us from Los Angeles, Burbank, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Woodland Hills and Encino.