You might be at risk for colorectal cancer if you:
- Have symptoms that mimic the itching, discomfort, and pain of hemorrhoids
- Experience frequent anal itching
- Have discomfort or pain when you have a bowel movement
- Have blood in your stool
- Bleed after a bowel movement
It's easy to confuse hemorrhoid and colon cancer symptoms. If you experience itching, discomfort, or pain, only a colorectal surgeon can ease your mind. Screening may be easier than you think. After screening, your Summit Medical Group surgeon can recommend ways to treat your hemorrhoids. If you have a more serious condition, he or she will tell you how you can protect your health.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The good news is that if it’s found early enough, colorectal cancer can be treated effectively and, in some cases, it can be cured.
Early screening is key for successfully treating colorectal cancer. Summit Medical Group offers the latest in screening options to detect precancerous colorectal conditions as well as cancer.
Find out the facts about your symptoms, risks, and treatment options.
Print and complete the questions below before your doctor’s visit
so that you’ll remember to share all your symptoms with your doctor.
If you’ve had any 3 of the following symptoms for more than a week, you should have colorectal screening:
- Do you have hemorrhoids or symptoms that mimic hemorrhoid-like itching, discomfort, and pain?
- Do you experience anal itching and discomfort that lasts more than one day?
- Have you noticed blood in your stool, on your toilet paper, in the toilet bowl, or after you’ve had a bowel movement?
- Have you noticed changes in your bowel movements such as constipation that alternates with diarrhea?
- Do you have lower abdomen pain that doesn't go away or returns often?
- Have you experienced discomfort or the urge to move your bowels when there is no stool present?
If you answer yes to any of the questions below about your personal and family history, you may be at risk and should be screened for colorectal cancer:
- Have you had hemorrhoids?
- Are you age 50 years or older?
- Have you had colorectal polyps or cancer?
- Do you have a history of inflammatory bowel disease?
- Is there a history of colorectal disease in your family?
- Are you overweight or do you eat a high-fat diet?
- Do you have type 2 diabetes?
- Do you smoke or have more than 2 alcoholic drinks a day?