Free Colorectal Cancer Seminar, March 31
Learn More About The Second Leading Cause Of Cancer Deaths
Join Dr. Ali Mahmood and Dr. Nasrullah Manji on Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center to learn more about colorectal cancer (the second leading cause of cancer deaths) and take home a free colorectal cancer screening kit. Registration required. Register online at houstonmethodist.org/events or call 281-274.-7500.
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States. “Because of screening tests, colorectal cancer can be caught early, increasing the survival rate for those diagnosed with the disease,” says Dr. Mahmood, board-certified colorectal surgeon at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.
Colorectal cancer refers to cancer of the colon or rectum. While the exact cause is unknown, Mahmood cites the following as risk factors that may increase a person’s chance of developing the disease:
Age – The odds of developing colorectal cancer increase after age 50.
Family history – Having close relatives (parents, siblings or children) who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer increases your risk.
Personal history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer – A polyp is a growth that develops on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. Some polyps may become cancerous. If you’ve been diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the past, the disease may reoccur.
Lifestyle – Other risk factors include unhealthy eating, lack of exercise, smoking and bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease. “Although some risk factors like age and family history cannot be avoided, other factors are within your control,” says Dr. Nasrullah Manji, board-certified gastroenterologist on staff at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Choosing to follow a healthy lifestyle may help lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer.”
Mahmood adds, “Colorectal cancer usually does not present symptoms in its earliest stages.” But, he adds, as the cancer progresses, the following symptoms may develop: Irregular bowel habits, including constipation and diarrhea; a constant feeling that you need to have a bowel movement; rectal bleeding or bloody stools; anemia (low blood count found on lab tests); or frequent stomach pains or cramps.
If you or a loved one exhibits any of these symptoms, or is at risk for developing the disease, don’t hesitate to consult a physician about being screened for colorectal cancer. Early screenings can save lives.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mahmood, Dr. Manji or another physician on staff at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, call the physician referral line at 281-274-7500.