Do you know the facts?
- Colon cancer is different than most cancers – it’s largely preventable and beatable.
- Typically, colon cancer may display no symptoms and begins as a slow-growing, small growth in the colon or rectum area. Over time, these precancerous growths – called polyps – can turn into cancer.
- By following the current screening guidelines of who should get screened and when, your doctor can remove these growths or find cancer in its earliest stages.
When to get screened?
- Women and men with an average risk should be screened regularly, starting at age 50 and resuming every 10 years, according to the American Cancer Society.
- Women and men at high risk and a family history of colon cancer should start screening at 40 years of age, or 10 years earlier than the age a direct blood relative was diagnosed with colon cancer. For example, if a family member was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 65, then relatives should be screened at the age of 40, as getting screened at 55 may be too late. Find out who is in the high-risk group
- For those who start experiencing a change in bowel habits, check other warning signs here.
How to get screened?
The inside of the rectum and entire colon are examined using a long, lighted tube called a colonoscope. Patients sleep during the procedure under sedation. If precancerous polyps are found, the doctor can remove them during a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is the most accurate of all diagnostic methods and offers the following benefits: no pain, no incision, and short time for preparation and procedure.
Colonoscopy at Samitivej (in collaboration with Sano Hospital in Japan)
Samitivej has adopted Narrow-Band Imaging (NBI) International Colorectal Endoscopic classification (NICE) with magnification, the most validated classification system for colon cancer detection. Polyps that are frequently not detected with conventional white-light endoscopy equipment can often be seen by using this latest imaging technology. Light from blue and green wavelengths is used to optimize the visibility of tissue structures, so that lesions are detected earlier (even before polyps have developed) and an appropriate treatment plan can begin sooner.
- More than 2,600 colonoscopies per year are performed at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital
- 0 complications during and after colonoscopies
- 57.5% Adenoma Detection Rate (ADR) vs. 25% industry average (as laid out by The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy)
This above information was gathered by Samitivej in 2017.
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Beating Colon Cancer with the Latest Technology
If you are diagnosed with colon cancer, the latest advances in medical technology now give you a better chance than ever before to beat the disease.
- Laparoscopic Colectomy: a part of the colon is removed (the size depends on the progression of cancer) through a minimally invasive procedure that requires a small incision of only 3 to 5 centimeters. Read more.
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