Ilyas Memon, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

Ilyas Memon, MD

Gastroenterologist located in The Woodlands, TX & Conroe, TX

Colon Cancer Screening Specialist

Dr. Memon performs colon cancer screenings in his offices located in the areas of Woodlands and Conroe in Texas. His many years of experience and personal approach ensure your cancer screening experience provides you with the answers you need.

Colon Cancer Screening Q & A

by Ilyas Memon, MD

What is colon cancer?

Colon cancer occurs when healthy cells in the colon develop errors in their DNA. When a cell's DNA is damaged and becomes cancerous, cells continue to divide — even when new cells aren't needed. As the cells continue to gather, they form a tumor. With time, the cancer cells can grow to invade and destroy normal tissue nearby and can possibly spread to other parts of the body.

When should I have a colon cancer screening?

If you’re over the age of 50, have a history of colon cancer, or if you have suspicious symptoms that concern you, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Memon for a colon cancer screening. Items to watch for which could indicate cancer include:

  • Blood in the stool
  • Unexplained anemia
  • Unexplained stomach pain
  • Narrower than normal stool
  • Unusual changes in bowel patterns

Should I have a colon cancer screening if I have no symptoms?

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in America for men. More and more cancers can be treated and cured when they are caught early on. Fortunately, most colorectal cancers are preventable with proper cancer screenings. Proper screenings are a crucial part of cancer prevention. Screenings ensure that early detection allows for the removal of precancerous polyps. Getting regular checkups and colon cancer screenings is the best way to find cancer early, making a cure more likely.

Are there options when it comes to colon cancer screening?

Depending on the person’s age and family medical history, there are many screening procedures. If screening tests are recommended, they can include a barium enema, a flexible sigmoidoscopy, or a colonoscopy. The exact procedure used will depend on the person’s situation and needs. The decision about which test to have usually takes into account several factors, including:

  • The convenience of the test
  • The potential harms of the test
  • The preparation required for the test
  • Whether sedation may be needed for the test
  • The follow-up care needed after the test
  • The person’s age, medical history, family history, and general health
  • The cost of the test and the availability of insurance coverage
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    "I recently received a procedure from Dr. Memon. He took care of it very professionally and saved me from a potentially cancerous situation."

    C.B.
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    "The office staff were very friendly Dr. Memon saw me quickly and answered all my questions. I highly recommend him. Great overall visit."

    M.J.
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    "I must say that DR MEMON is one of the best doctor I have ever been. He is very knowledgeable, comforting and helpful."

    H.A.
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    "We were able to get into to see him very quickly. His staff were efficient and friendly. Dr. Memon is very knowledgeable and a great bedside manner. Highly recommended"

    K.G.
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