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3000 HOSPITAL BLVD.
ROSWELL, GA 30076
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Colorectal Health 
 
 
 
 

Colorectal health is a prime concern at North Fulton Hospital.  Our team of Gastroenterologists and Surgeons are dedicated to providing you with all the information you need to detect possible abnormalities, deal with these abnormalities as they occur and prevent future colorectal problems.  Through a preventative approach that involves patient education, you will leave North Fulton Hospital with the confidence to take control of your own health.

Some factors that might affect your risk of developing colorectal cancer are:  
  •  Age (more common in those over 50)
  •  High fat / low fiber diets  
  •   Family history of colorectal cancer      
  •  Low rate of physical activity
  •   Overweight
  •   Chronic inflammatory conditions such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's Disease
  •   Smoking  

Having one or more of these risk factors does not mean a person will develop colorectal cancer, and knowing the risk factors is only part of the equation.  Patients who think they may be at higher risk of the disease should ask their doctors about when they should begin checking for colorectal cancer, what tests they should have, and how often.           

Whatever screening approach is chosen, it is important to know that early detection and treatment may make a difference in the eventual outcome of colorectal cancer.  The five-year survival rate is about 90 percent for people whose colorectal cancer is treated in an early stage, before it has spread, but only about a third of colorectal cancers are found that soon. The further the cancer has progressed, the lower the odds are for survival. For people whose cancer has spread to other body parts, the five-year survival rate is only eight percent.  

Beginning at age 50, individuals should think about the following tests for colorectal health:

Test  Interval (beginning at age 50)  Comment 
Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) & Flexible Sigmoidoscopy FOBT annually and flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years Flexible sigmoidoscopy together with FOBT is preferred compared with FOBT or flexible sigmoidoscopy alone.  All positive tests should be followed up with colonoscopy. 
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Every 5 years  All positive tests should be followed up with conlonoscopy. 
Fecal Occult Blood Test Annually  The recommended take-home multiple sample method should be used.  All positive tests should be followed up with colonoscopy. 
Colonoscopy Every 10 years Colonoscopy provides an opportunity to visualize, sample and/or remove significant lesions. 
Double Contrast Barium Enema Every 5 years  All positive tests should be followed up with colonoscopy. 

 

For a free, confidential physician referral, call 770-751-2600 or visit the "Find a Physician" tab on this website.

 
 
 
 
 
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