Early colonoscopy screening is often recommended for first-degree relatives of someone diagnosed with early-onset — meaning before age 50 — colorectal cancer, cases of which have been increasing significantly over the past few decades. Mr. Kantibhai Solanki (age 46) came to GCS Hospital for treatment with abdominal pain, anaemia, and digestive problems.
Dr. Rashesh Solanki (Consultant – Gastro Surgeon, GCS Hospital) did a CT scan and other tests to get an accurate diagnosis. The medical history of his family revealed that his father, his uncle, and cousin also had Large intestine cancer who underwent surgery at GCS Hospital. Kantibhai also underwent successful surgery with a laparoscopic (Keyhole) surgery.
The treatment was done free of cost under Ayushman Yojana at GCS Hospital. He was discharged from the hospital on the fifth day of the surgery. Very few people are aware that cancer is inherited, and people ignore it and don’t take any preventable measures.
When the disease is found in the last stage it is too late. That is why if you have a family history of cancer, it is very important to get tested in time. Early colonoscopy can diagnose and treat cancer at an early stage, especially in people with a family history of Large intestine cancer. Let’s learn about Familial colorectal cancer From Dr. Rashesh Solanki.
What is Familial Colorectal Cancer
• This is a type of cancer that is found in the Large Intestine and can be found in the next two generations. Especially in blood relations, such as father-son, brother-son, mother-daughter
• 20% of Large intestine cancers are hereditary
• 7% of cancers of which are found in non-intestinal organs such as uterus, prostate, breast, brain, urethra, and skin
• Mostly Found in younger people less than 50 years of age
When to get checked?
• A family member has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer at an early age
• Sudden weight loss
• Blood in the stool
• Constipation or abdominal pain
These signs may be of other diseases as well, but do not be in such a state of negligence and consult a specialist doctor to get the diagnosis confirmed.
Methods of investigation:
• Accurate biopsy, endoscopy, and DNA tests show the person’s risk of developing colorectal or other cancers.
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