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How prevalent is colorectal cancer?
What are the symptoms?
Can colorectal cancer be detected early?
What are the risk factors?
If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?
Who is part of the treatment team? 

How prevalent is thoracic cancer?

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer among men and women in the U.S.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include a change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea), feeling like the bowel doesn't empty, bright red or dark blood in the stool, narrow stools, frequent gas, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, nausea and vomiting.  These are general symptoms that can be caused by many different reasons other than cancer.  If symptoms persist for a few weeks, follow-up with your doctor.

Can thoracic cancer be detected early?

Studies have shown that colonoscopy is an even more effective screening tool for detecting colon cancer than mammography is for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institutes recommend periodic screenings for most people beginning at age 50, or earlier for people with higher risk.

What are the risk factors?

Factors that may increase a person's risk for developing colorectal cancer include:

  • Age (over 50)
  • Having pre-cancerous polyps in the colon
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohns disease
  • Diet high in animal fat and low in calcium

If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?

Depending on the type of coverage, most commercial insurance carriers will pay the major share of the cost. You should always consult your insurance company to determine proper coverage.

Who is part of the treatment team?

The team at Advocate Christ Medical Center is staffed by a specially trained team of gastroenterologist, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, genetics counselors and nurses, who are dedicated to caring for patients with gastrointestinal cancer. You will remain under the care of your primary care physician while you are treated by the specialists at Christ Medical Center. To ensure that your physician is kept up-to-date, our team will provide ongoing reports on the progress you have made.

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