Los Angeles Colorectal Cancer Prevention
Cancer of the colon or rectum is often called colorectal cancer. This type of cancer usually arises from polyps, which are growths of tissue found in the lining of the colon or rectum. These polyps may be benign (non cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) which can spread to other parts of the body.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The risk of colorectal cancer tends to increase after the age of 40 in all populations, but may be higher for individuals with certain symptoms, conditions, or backgrounds.
The removal of polyps in the colon is felt to be the single most effective means of reducing the risk and preventing colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy is a simple outpatient procedure performed with sedation in order to visualize and remove these polyps. A simple 20-minute procedure can actually save your life!
Esophageal Cancer Prevention
Cancer of the esophagus or food pipe is also on a rapid rise. Although the exact reason is currently unknown, it is thought that those with acid reflux (GERD), which usually presents as heartburn, are at higher risk for this cancer. An upper endoscopy, a simple 5-minute outpatient procedure performed with sedation, can evaluate any potential pre-cancerous changes in those who experience chronic heartburn. If this change is found, a routine surveillance program is recommended in order to help prevent this deadly condition.