Did you know that colorectal cancer is among the most common types of cancer diagnosed in U.S. adults? Fortunately, the incidence rate of colorectal cancer has been declining in recent years. One of the reasons for this could be growing awareness of the importance of early screening. Since cancer could affect anyone, you might consider visiting your community hospital to discuss whether colorectal cancer screening is right for you. Residents of the Las Vegas area can turn to MountainView Hospital for colorectal cancer screening services and advanced colorectal cancer treatment options.
Understanding the Progression of Colorectal Cancer
To understand the importance of colorectal cancer screening, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of how this type of cancer progresses. In the video featured here, Dr. Stephanie Wishnev, a colorectal surgeon at MountainView Hospital, explains the usual progression of the disease. The healthy cells in the colon and rectum typically divide in a regulated manner. However, mutations that affect certain genes may trigger the uncontrollable growth and division of cells. When this occurs in the colon and rectum, the patient can develop polyps. Polyps are accumulations of cells. Over a period of years, it is possible for some polyps to become cancerous. When this occurs, the cancerous cells may eventually invade other areas of the body.
Identifying the Benefits of Colorectal Cancer Screening
It can take years for a person to develop polyps and then to develop colorectal cancer. When a patient does develop polyps, a physician can detect and remove them through colorectal cancer screening, which means the polyps never have the opportunity to become cancerous. In this manner, colorectal cancer screening saves lives and can reduce the need for cancer treatments.
If colorectal cancer screening does reveal the presence of cancerous cells, you could choose to undergo sophisticated robotic surgery, which uses a minimally invasive approach. MountainView Hospital is pleased to offer robotic surgery to colorectal cancer patients in the Las Vegas area. Our community hospital also provides stroke care, emergency care, and bariatric weight loss. Call (702) 233-5300 for general information about our hospital services.