Colon cancer is one of the most frequent cancers in the UK. It starts in the tissues of your large intestine.
Here at Ramsay Health Care UK, we have a team of expert cancer specialists on hand to advise, diagnose, and treat colon cancer.
We understand the anxiety that colon cancer symptoms can bring and the importance of early testing to bring peace of mind and to help diagnose symptoms early for a better treatment outcome.
We offer convenient appointments to talk through the benefits and risks of all tests and treatments so that you are fully informed and understanding of all implications.
Colon cancer is cancer that begins in the final part of your digestive tract, known as your large intestine or colon.
Colon cancer occurs when the cells that line your colon become abnormal and grow out of control. This cell growth can interfere with your colon or surrounding tissue and organs.
The exact cause of colon cancer is unknown. Risk factors can increase your chance of developing it.
Risk factors include:
In the early stages of colon cancer, many people experience no symptoms. Screening is important if you are eligible for NHS screening or privately if you are worried about bowel cancer.
Symptoms can vary depending on the location, type and size of cancer, whether it has spread and if it has caused complications. You should see your GP if you experience any colon cancer symptoms.
Symptoms of colon cancer include:
If you have colon cancer symptoms you should see your GP. If they think that your symptoms could be caused by cancer, they will refer you to a specialist doctor.
Colon cancer may also be diagnosed through a screening programme or going to the doctor about another problem such as bowel obstruction.
When you see a colon cancer specialist you will usually have:
The next step is an endoscopy procedure to diagnose colon cancer. If your doctor sees any abnormal or suspicious-looking areas, they will take a biopsy sample of it and send it to the laboratory for examination. The endoscopy procedure may be:
If a biopsy shows that you have cancer in your colon, you will have more tests. These include:
Your doctor will decide the grade of your cancer by how the cancer cells look under the microscope. This will help them to plan the best treatment for you.
Treatment for colon cancer depends on the stage of your cancer, where it is in the colon, your general health and preferences.
Colon cancer treatment options:
Colon cancer can be cured, especially if diagnosed early.
Nearly everyone survives colon cancer if it is diagnosed at the earliest stage.
It is therefore advisable that if you are eligible, you should take part in the NHS screening programme every two years and if you have any other concerns about bowel cancer you should see your doctor or arrange a private screening test. Colon cancer diagnostic and screening tests are non-invasive and if bowel cancer is detected early, it can be treated.
Unfortunately, survival rates drop significantly as colon cancer develops. They are, however, improving over recent years which may be due to earlier diagnosis and better treatment.
Following a comprehensive review of the endoscopy service undertaken by an expert team of assessors, the professionalism, dedication and teamwork demonstrated by the endoscopy service has resulted in the achievement of JAG accreditation for West Midlands Hospital.
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