Colon cancer screenings in Sun City Center, Florida

Colorectal cancer, if found early, is one of the most treatable types of cancer. Yet, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. For this reason, South Bay Hospital offers colorectal cancer screenings to detect the disease in its earliest stages.

For more information about our colorectal cancer services, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 685-1595.

Colon cancer almost always starts with a small growth called a polyp. If a polyp is detected through a screening, a physician can remove the polyp before it becomes cancerous. This is why it's important to get colorectal cancer screenings if you have symptoms or are at high risk for developing the disease. Screenings can also detect cancer in its earliest and most curable stages.

Transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)

We offer advanced imaging technology, such as transrectal ultrasound (TRUS), to gather information about rectal and anal polyps and tumors. TRUS uses sound waves to create 360 degree images of the anal canal and rectum.

These images help doctors determine the depth of a tumor and if a tumor has spread into the wall of the rectum and adjacent lymph nodes. With the information that this technology provides, doctors can diagnose colon conditions.

Colon cancer symptoms

Early stage colon cancer often has no symptoms. In later stages of the disease, the following symptoms may occur:

  • An ongoing feeling that you need to have a bowel movement
  • Bleeding from rectum or blood in stool
  • Change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation and stool narrowing
  • Cramping or gnawing stomach pain
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Jaundice, which causes skin and whites of the eyes to turn yellow/green

Colorectal cancer risk factors

Some risk factors for colorectal cancer can be controlled or managed. Other factors, such as age, race and personal and family history cannot. The following populations are more at risk of developing colorectal cancer than others:

  • People 50 years old and older
  • People of African-American descent
  • People of Ashkenazi Jewish descent
  • People with a personal or family history of the following conditions:
    • Adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
    • Colorectal cancer
    • Gardner’s syndrome
    • Non-polyposis colorectal cancer
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Polyps

Other risk factors for colorectal cancer include:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Diet high in fat, red meat and/or processed meat
  • Diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking