Colorectal Cancer Specialist

Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Flatiron, Gramercy, New York, NY

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. At Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, gastroenterologists Mihaela Galica Vladutiu, MD and Karim Sayad, MD offer preventive screening and treatment for colorectal cancer. If you’re over 50 or have risk factors that are associated with colorectal cancer, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.

Colorectal Cancer Q & A

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer happens when a malignant tumor develops in the tissues of your colon or rectum. Most cases of colorectal cancer start as small benign (noncancerous) growths called polyps. These polyps can turn into cancer over time.

Polyps may not produce any symptoms, so the only way to find out if you have them is to get a colonoscopy.

During a colonoscopy procedure, Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad can easily remove polyps from your intestinal wall. Even if these polyps are benign, having them removed may drastically reduce your risk of getting colorectal cancer in the future.

What are the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?

You might not experience any symptoms during the early stages of colorectal cancer, which is why preventive screening and early detection is so crucial. Colorectal cancer is much easier to treat when it’s found early.

When symptoms do appear, they can vary, depending on the tumor size and location. You may have colorectal cancer if you experience the following:

  • Blood in your stool
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Persistent or severe abdominal pain
  • The feeling you can’t empty your bowels completely
  • Changes to your bowels, such as diarrhea and constipation

What are Some Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer?

Your chances of getting most forms of cancer, including colorectal cancer, increases as you age. Other risk factors for colorectal cancer include:

  • Having a family history of colorectal cancer
  • Having a personal history of colorectal or ovarian cancer
  • Having a personal history of high-risk colorectal polyps
  • Having a personal history of chronic ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
  • Drinking three or more alcoholic beverages per day
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Being obese
  • Being male
  • Being African American

How Often Should I Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer?

If you’re over 50 and at normal risk of colorectal cancer, meaning you don’t have any of the above risk factors, you should get a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer once every 10 years. If you’re at high risk, you may need earlier or more frequent screenings.

The team at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology can review your medical history and recommend a preventive screening schedule that fits your needs.

To learn more about your risk of colorectal cancer or to schedule a colonoscopy, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.