Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine, or the lower part of your digestive system. Although doctors are not sure what causes this type of cancer, it is known that inherited gene mutations increase the risk of colon cancer and are sometimes passed through families. Risk factors for colon cancer include family history, age, race, and other diseases, such as diabetes and inflammatory diseases like Crohn’s Disease.
Thanks to improvements in screening, colon cancer has become less deadly than in the past. Advancements in technology has allowed for doctors to perform screenings that can detect colon cancer early, sometimes even before any symptoms are present. Scheduling regular screenings is the most powerful step you can take towards preventing colon cancer.
Schedule your Screening at the Digestive & Liver Disease Center of San Antonio
If you would like to learn more about colon cancer and screenings, tests or treatments associated with this cancer, please make an appointment with the Digestive & Liver Disease Center of San Antonio. If you have a history of colon cancer in your family, we strongly suggest that you learn more about this disease and ways to combat it.