Colon cancer: Why screening absolutely saves lives (w/PODCAST)

June 21, 2015 | by City of Hope

 

Stephen Sentovich
 Stephen M. Sentovich is a clinical professor in the Department of Surgery with extensive experience in the surgical treatment and management of colon and rectal cancers.

 

The colon and rectum are parts of the body’s gastrointestinal system, also called the digestive tract.

After food is digested in the stomach and nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine, the remaining material moves down into the lower large intestine (colon) where water and nutrients are absorbed. The lower parts of the digestive tract include the rectum and anus, through which stool (solid waste) travels as it passes from the body.

Possible signs of colon cancer and/or rectum cancer include a change in bowel habits or blood in the stool. These and other symptoms may be caused by colon and/or rectum cancer.

Here, Stephen Sentovich, M.D., M.B.A., discusses colon cancer and how early screening can save lives.

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