Mar 7, 2019

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute. Produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Doctors are seeing more and more young people developing colon cancer early in their lives, so it's important that everyone regardless of age know the symptoms. Dr. Andrew Gawron is a gastroenterologist. What are the symptoms of colon cancer that I should be worried about?

Dr. Gawron: Some of the major signs, warning signs of colorectal cancer can be blood in your bowel movements, and unexplained weight loss. Other symptoms we're very concerned about are chronic unexplained diarrhea or constipation, or persistent abdominal pain.

Interviewer: And if I have these symptoms what should I do?

Dr. Gawron: First, go to your doctor, tell them about your symptoms, and ask them if you need a referral to a specialist such as a gastroenterologist.

Interviewer: And don't be embarrassed about that either, I suppose.

Dr. Gawron: Don't be embarrassed about your symptoms.

Interviewer: And tell me about how important family history is.

Dr. Gawron: Family history is very important. It allows us to understand if you're at higher risk for colorectal cancer, we may need to screen you at an earlier age.

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