Preventing Colorectal Disease

David Lisle, MD, a colorectal and general surgeon at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, notes that there are steps everyone can take to prevent colorectal disease. We asked him to elaborate.

What “red flags” indicate a potential gastrointestinal or colorectal medical problem?

Some of the most common issues are abdominal pain that comes and goes frequently, chronic diarrhea, and blood in the stool. People with a history of anemia are also more prone to GI or colorectal medical challenges.

Who should have a colonoscopy?

People should have the screening once every 10 years starting at age 50. However, those at high risk, which includes individuals with a family history of colon cancer, should begin earlier.

What happens if the screening shows polyps or other areas of concern?

The Center for Digestive Disease offers comprehensive care—from screenings and office procedures to surgical services. If a problem is detected, you’re in the right place. Our team works together to manage the needs of all our patients. Plus patients who come here for care benefit from the tremendous technologies that MedStar Franklin Square has to offer.

 

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Center for Digestive Disease
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237