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Screening and Surveillance for Colorectal Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, if all adults that are age 50 and over were screened for colon cancer, the deaths from this disease would be reduced by half – that’s approximately 25,000 people each year. For colon cancer, early detection is one of the most important factors to survival, which makes colon cancer screenings so critical.

The age and frequency at which a patient should get colon cancer screenings depends on their risk significance.

Rectocele

Definition
A rectocele occurs when a herniation of the front wall of the rectum extends into the back wall of the vagina. The tissue between the rectum and vagina can become weaker and thinner over time, which can increase risk for development of a rectocele. If the rectocele is very small, there may be no noted symptoms.

Ostomy

Definition
An ostomy describes a surgically created opening in the abdominal wall that helps discharge waste from the small or large intestine into an ostomy bag. During the procedure, an incision is made in the abdomen where a piece of intestine is pulled through and partially placed outside the body. The end of the bowel that connects itself to the ostomy bag is called a stoma. There are different types of ostomies that can be performed depending on the patient’s condition, symptoms, and individual needs.

Hemorrhoids

Definition
Hemorrhoids occur when tissues and veins within the anus become swollen or inflamed. This condition can either happen inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or around the anus (external hemorrhoids). People often get them if they strain too hard to pass bowel movements. As a result, they may end up with hemorrhoids and uncomfortable symptoms such as bleeding or itching. Fortunately, hemorrhoids are a very common condition that can be treated with various conservative methods and minimally invasive procedures.

Genetics and Colorectal Cancer

Definition
Colorectal cancer is a cancer that is located at the lower end of the digestive tract near or around the colon or rectum. Most colorectal cancers begin as a polyp, a non-cancerous, pus-filled growth, located within the lining of the colon or rectum. According to the National Cancer Institute, families who’ve been affected by conditions such as juvenile polyposis, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, hyperplastic polyposis, and colon adenomas may have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.