Silver Cross Hospital

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Many factors increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Some are beyond your control including:

  • Age 50 years or older
  • Personal history of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Presence of polyps in your colon, especially if they are large or there are many
  • Family history of polyps or colorectal cancer
  • Changes in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation or caliber of the stool)
  • A feeling that your bowel does not empty completely
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
  • Abdominal discomfort (gas, bloating or cramps)
  • Unexplained loss of appetite or weight, weakness, fatigue or jaundice
  • History of ovarian, uterine or breast cancer
  • Genetic mutations  

Other risk factors can be affected by your lifestyle such as:

  • Obesity, particularly having excess fat in the waist area
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diet high in red, processed or heavily cooked meats
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption 

In most cases, you can prevent colorectal cancer by undergoing screening to detect and remove polyps from the colon before they become cancerous. 

Located at 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, IL 60451   Main Phone (815) 300-1100

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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.