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Esophagus Cancer Prevention The incidence of esophageal cancer is rising dramatically in the United States with a significant increase among those ages 45-65.  However, with proper screening and careful attention to symptoms, early detection is possible.
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Colon Cancer Prevention Early detection of colon cancer through colonoscopy can save lives.Colonoscopy allows detection and removal of colon polyps before they can develop into colon cancer.
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Colorectal cancer prevention

Colorectal Cancer Prevention Beverly Hills

Colorectal Cancer Prevention Beverly Hills

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. At the same time, colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Without colon cancer screening, 1 in 20 men and women will develop colon cancer during their lifetime. Regular screening significantly decreases your risk of colon cancer and rectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer often develops from pre-cancerous polyps in the colon that overtime become malignant or cancerous. Colonoscopy is considered to be the best screening method for polyps and colon cancer.
During colorectal cancer screening Dr. Mehdizadeh can detect and remove polyps that could turn into cancer. Besides prevention, another advantage of a screening colonoscopy is early detection. Colon cancer is highly curable when caught early. Sadly, only 8% of those diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer live beyond 5 years.

In 2010, an estimated 142,570 men and women will be diagnosed with cancer of the colon and rectum and an estimated 51,370 men and women will die of this disease. Majority of these lives can be saved with proper screening and early treatment.
Men and women ages 50 and over should have a screening colonoscopy.

Those with a family history of colon cancer may need screening prior to age 50. Encourage you loved ones to schedule their cancer prevention appointment. Dr. Mehdizadeh is a member of the Colorectal Cancer Center of excellence and Digestive Diseases Center of Excellence at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His performance is continuously measured for the best outcomes and lowest complication rates

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of colon cancer
  • Family history of early endometrial cancer
  • Personal or family history of polyps
  • Diet low in fiber and high fat diet
  • Alcohol and Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use
  • History of colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Obesity

Prevention:

  • Screening Colonoscopy

  • Colonoscopy for early symptoms

  • Risk factor modification

  • Yearly fecal occult blood testing

Facts About Polyps

  • Polyps are precancerous growths in the colon or rectum that can overtime turn into cancer.
  • Their number increase with age.
    • 25% of people by age 50 have polyps
    • 50% of people by age 75 have polyps
  • 25% of polyps over 1 cm become cancerous overtime.
  • Most people with polyps have no symptoms
  • Removal of polyps during colonoscopy reduces the risk of colon cancer.

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