Starting at age 45, both men and women who do not have a family history of colorectal cancer are encouraged to have a colonoscopy, according to recommendations from the American Cancer Society. Known as the second deadliest cancer in the United States, colorectal cancer encompasses any cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. It often begins as benign polyps that cause little to no symptoms. By the time patients begin experiencing symptoms, which can include change in bowel habits, abdominal discomfort and rectal bleeding, the cancer may already be in the advanced stages.
Primary care is truly at the heart of wellness. From disease management to general wellness (and everything in between), the Dum family knows they can always count on their primary care provider for guidance and support.