Colorectal Cancer: What You Need To Know

Colorectal Cancer: What You Need To Know


(upbeat music) [We are working to combat
colorectal cancer for Central Texans.] – This is Dr. Thiru Lakshman. I’m a colorectal surgeon
here in Austin, Texas with St. David’s HealthCare. [When should I get screened for colorectal cancer?] The standard screening
guidelines are that everyone should get some sort of screening
starting at the age of 50. The gold standard for
that is a colonoscopy. If there’s a family
history of colon cancer, then that may be earlier, sometimes by 40 or even earlier depending
on the type of cancer, if there’s other, sort
of, factors involved. But the sort of standard
age is 50 years old to start your screening, which the gold standard is a colonoscopy. [Who should I contact to schedule a colorectal screening?] Probably the best place
to start is with your primary care physician. And then they’ll usually refer you to either a colorectal surgeon like myself, or a gastroenterologist. Those are generally the
two types of physicians that perform colonoscopies
and screening colonoscopies. And it’s a relatively simple, easy to perform outpatient procedure. Usually doesn’t take more than
about 30 minutes to an hour, the procedure itself. Usually requires about a day off from work and then most people are back to work and normal activities the following day. [Where can I find more information?] To learn more information about
colorectal cancer awareness and colorectal cancer screening please visit livehealthyaustin.com (soft music)
[St. David’s North Austin Medical Center]

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