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Dr. Ahmed Shalabi

According to the American Cancer Society colorectal cancer is the third most common cancers affecting both men and women in the United States.  With 1 in every 22 men and 1 in every 24 women developing colorectal cancer in their lifetime early detection is key.

Over the past several decades, colonoscopies and early surgical treatment have caused a decline in colorectal cancer death reports the American Cancer Society. 

Dr. Ahmed Shalabi a general specializing in colorectal surgery says, "Colonoscopy is the most effective way to reduce colon cancer. During a colonoscopy the doctor finds and removes colon polyps before it grows into full cancer."  

Surgery is the main treatment for colorectal cancer, especially if diagnosed early. "During surgery part of the colon, and sometimes rectum that has the tumor are removed.  All surrounding lymph nodes are also removed to prevent the spread of cancer," said Dr. Shalabi.

Many symptoms of colorectal cancer can also be caused by something other than cancer, such as infection, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, or inflammatory bowel disease. In most cases, these symptoms are not cancer. However, you should see a doctor if you have any of these problems:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts more than a few days
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Dark stools, or blood in the stool
  • Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Diverticulitis (patients must have a colonoscopy)

For more information, join us for a free seminar and screening event March 20, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  To register visit mclarenlapeer.eventbrite.com or call (810) 667-5648.