Colon Cancer Specialist

Bay Ridge Endoscopy PLLC

Maher Almoudarres, M.D.

Gastroenterologist located in Brooklyn, New York, NY

Early detection is the most important step in successfully treating and preventing colon cancer. Dr. Maher Almoudarres has been helping prevent and treat colon cancer in the Brooklyn community of New York City for more than 20 years. With a personalized approach tailored to your unique needs, Dr. Almoudarres guides you through preventative steps like colonoscopies that protect your health. To learn more, call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online today.

Colon Cancer Q & A

What is colon cancer?

Colon cancer occurs in your colon, which is your large intestine or large bowel. It removes water and salt from your body’s solid waste or stools.

Colon cancer affects men, women, and most races and ethnicities equally. African-Americans have higher risks of colon cancer and should begin health screenings early.

When detected early, colon cancer is a very treatable condition.

What causes colon cancer?

Colon cancer is usually caused by adenomatous polyps. These abnormal growths in the rectum or colon can become cancerous if they aren’t removed.

Polyps usually don’t have symptoms, so colonoscopy screenings are needed to find and remove them before they become cancerous.

If colon cancer has developed, you might experience symptoms that include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal cramping, gas, or other discomfort
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Ongoing changes in stool consistency
  • Blood in stools or rectal bleeding
  • Fatigue or weakness

There are often no symptoms in the early stages of colon cancer, so early detection is important for treating and preventing colon cancer.

Can colon cancer be prevented?

Routine colonoscopy screenings are the most effective step in preventing colon cancer. For most adults, regular colonoscopy exams should begin at age 50, but African-Americans should start screening at 40.

During a colonoscopy, a colonoscopy is inserted into your anus. This is a flexible tube with a small video camera on the end. As the camera moves through your rectum and colon, Dr. Almoudarres can look for polyps or other irregularities. If abnormal tissue is detected, it’s removed during the exam and tested.

If you have other risks that increase your chances of developing colon cancer, Dr. Almoudarres might recommend that your screenings begin earlier or occur more frequently. These potential red flags include:

  • Previous polyps
  • Heredity gene mutations
  • Family history of colon cancer
  • High fat, low fiber diets
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis

In addition to regular colonoscopy screenings, lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk of colon cancer. These include:

  • Weight management
  • Alcohol moderation
  • Healthy, whole grain diet
  • Quitting smoking
  • Regular exercise

Dr. Almoudarres conducts an extensive exam with each patient that includes a full medical history to evaluate each person’s health care. Every health assessment and treatment strategy is based on your individual needs.

To learn more about colon cancer and preventative treatments, call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online.