Care for colon cancer in South Denver
At the Sky Ridge Cancer Center, our team uses the most advanced treatment and therapies available to find and treat colon and rectal cancers at the earliest stage possible. We will create a treatment plan that is right for you—all in a compassionate, healing environment close to your home.
Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S.? However, it is up to 90 percent curable if detected early.
The American Cancer Society now recommends that adults at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45.
Choose Sky Ridge Medical Center for colorectal cancer care because we offer:
- Multidisciplinary, team approach to care
- Screening for colon and rectal cancers
- Cancer Resource Center for support and education
- Cancer registry for lifetime follow up
- GI cancer nurse navigator to help with support and coordination
- Infusion services for chemotherapy treatment
- On-site radiation therapy services
- Weekly cancer case conference for medical teams
- Access to colorectal cancer clinical research trials
What is colorectal cancer?
Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), the lower part of your digestive system. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of the colon. These cancers have similar features, so they're often grouped together and referred to as colorectal cancer.
Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous growths called polyps. Over time some of these polyps become colon cancer. Polyps may be small and produce few, if any, symptoms. For this reason, we recommend regular screening tests to help prevent colon cancer by identifying and removing polyps before they become cancerous.
Signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer
Common signs and symptoms for colon cancer include:
- A change in bowel habits that lasts for more than a few days
- A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
- Rectal bleeding
- Blood in your stool
- Cramping or abdominal pain
- Weakness and fatigue
- Unintended weight loss
Dr. Ken Blake discusses signs, symptoms and treatment for colon cancer.
Need a colonoscopy? We’re available for Saturday appointments. Call 720-225-1104.
Colorectal cancer risk factors
Being over 45 years old increases your chance of getting colon or rectal cancer. Other factors that may increase your chance of colon cancer include:
- A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease
- A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
- Diet high in red meat and low in produce
- Drinking more than one drink a day (women) or two drinks a day (men)
- Having an inherited syndrome (i.e. familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or Lynch Syndrome)
- Having Type 2 diabetes
- Getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day
- Being overweight or obese
Experts say if current trends continue, by 2030, colon cancer incidence rates will increase by 90 percent for people ages 20 to 34.
Treatment options for colon cancer
Our team of doctors, nurses, surgeons and healthcare professionals will work together to create a treatment plan that is individualized for you. This may include:
- Scheduled screenings to help prevent colon cancer:
- Colonoscopy—Looks at the entire colon and rectum with a small tube and video camera (still the gold standard)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy—Looks at a part of the colon and rectum with a small tube and video camera
- Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) and Guaiac-based fecal occult blood tests (gFOBT)— looks for blood in a stool sample
- Stool DNA test
Top searched questions about colon cancer
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides you with convenient access to leading-edge cancer therapies and clinical trials. Through our Sarah Cannon oncology programs, we offer patients personal, individualized care with a trusted network of specialists who address every aspect of cancer care.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Sky Ridge Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions about screenings, signs or symptoms, a specially trained askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or fill out the askSARAH contact form to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.