CORONAVIRUS ALERT: Any symptoms of fever, cough, difficulty breathing AND travel to high risk areas(China, Italy, Iran and South Korea) in last 14 days or if you have been in close contact with someone who has traveled to these areas. NOTIFY YOUR PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY! 

After much consideration, and in an effort to protect the well-being of our community, we have made a decision to implement caregiver and visitor limitations at all MOH clinics that include:

  • No Visitors are allowed in the clinics
  • Only 1 caregiver can accompany a patient in the practice if they have no upper respiratory symptoms - upper respiratory symptoms include: a cough, fever of 101.1 and above, nasal congestion, runny nose or sore throat
  • Children age 15 or younger are not allowed in the clinic until further notice 

The health and safety of our MOH patients and staff is our top priority. We recognize that these visitor limitations may cause concerns, so if you feel you have a special circumstance, please notify the front desk so a manager can discuss your situation.Visitors with flu-like symptoms are not permitted to visit our offices in order to protect patients and staff.

The following offices, Wheaton and Germantown have consolidated to our Rockville & Bethesda locations. In addition, our Mt. Airy office has consolidated to our Frederick location.

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Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps, which over time, can develop into cancer. Typically, polyps may be small and produce few, if any, symptoms, which is why doctors recommend regular colorectal cancer screening tests. Once polyps turn into cancer and begin to spread, however, they may produce some noticeable symptoms.

Some signs and symptoms of colon cancer can include:  

  • Changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool that lasts for more than a few days
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  • Stool that is dark in color
  • Abdominal discomfort, such as bloating, gas, or cramps
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Feeling you cannot empty your bowels
  • Unexplained weight loss

Sometimes, these symptoms can be caused by something other than colon cancer, such as infection, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Still, it is wise to see your doctor if you have any of these problems. Early detection through proper screening can make colon cancer easier to treat.

In hopes of preventing colon cancer, or catching colon cancer at an early stage, the American Cancer Society recommends regular colon screening for most people starting at age 50. Your doctor may recommend screening at a younger age, however, if you have a family history of the disease or have other risk factors that could increase your chances of getting colon cancer.

Several different tests can be used to screen for colon cancer. Talk with your doctor to find out which screening test(s) would benefit you the most.