Colorectal Cancer Screenings Save Lives – Free Seminar and Colorectal Screening Kit

Most people aren’t comfortable discussing issues relating to their colon or rectum. That’s okay.

“What isn’t okay is letting that discomfort prevent you from getting screened for colorectal cancer. Embarrassment is trivial when you compare it to the possibility of having colorectal cancer,” says Nasrullah Manji, M.D., board certified gastroenterologist on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Dr. Swarna Balasubramaniamand Dr. Nasrullah Manji

Dr. Swarna Balasubramaniam
and Dr. Nasrullah Manji

“Colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can not only be detected in its early stages by screening, but can actually be prevented,” says Swarna Balasubramaniam, M.D., board certified colorectal surgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “These cancers almost always develop from polyps in the colon or rectum. With many of the screening tests, polyps can be found and removed before they become cancerous.”

The ACS and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend colorectal cancer screenings for men and women beginning at age 50. Certain people should begin screening earlier and may need more frequent tests. Talk to your doctor about a screening schedule that is right for you.

“The exact causes of colorectal cancer are not known,” says Dr. Balasubramaniam. “However, certain factors increase the risk of developing the disease.” According to the National Cancer Institute, they include:

• Age. Most people who develop colorectal cancer are over age 50.

• Polyps. Most polyps – abnormal growths that protrude from the inner wall of the colon or rectum – are noncancerous, but the majority of colorectal cancers develop in polyps.

• Personal history of colorectal cancer. Women who have had ovarian, uterine or breast cancer also have a higher risk.

• Family history of colorectal cancer.

• Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.

• Diet. Eating a lot of red and processed meats and not many whole grains, fruits and vegetables may increase risk.

• Sedentary lifestyle.

• Smoking.

“Although you hear people say they’re ‘dying of embarrassment,’ in reality, it simply doesn’t happen,” says Dr. Manji. So if you’re embarrassed to talk to your doctor about colorectal cancer screening, do it anyway; you’ll get over it. The same may not be true of cancer. To schedule a screening or consultation with Dr. Balasubramaniam or Dr. Manji, call 281-274-7500.


Free Seminar and Screening

Attend a free Colorectal Cancer Awareness Seminar presented by Dr. Swarna Balasubramaniam and Dr. Nasrullah Manji. Attendees will receive a free colorectal screening kit to take home. The free Seminar and Screening will be offered March 28th at 6:30 pm at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center.

Contact 281-274-7500 or email to reserve a seat.