March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Gastroenterology Associates is encouraging people age 50 and older to get screened throughout the month of March.
“Although more people are beginning to recognize the importance of colon cancer screenings, the unfortunate truth is that there are still a great number of people who are 50 years old and older who are not getting screened on a regular basis, and many who have never been screened at all,” said Robert Bartolomeo, MD, FACG, the President of Gastroenterology Associates. “If caught early, colon cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, and we want to encourage people to do the single most important thing they can do in the fight against colon cancer by getting screened this March.”
In conjunction with Colon Cancer Awareness Month, efforts are to get as many people age 50 and over to get screened. With statistics indicating that 90 percent of new cases and 95 percent of deaths, occur in people age 50 or older, it is recommended that all men and women should be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50, if not earlier. In addition, those individuals with a personal or family history of colon or rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease or who are experiencing symptoms are considered higher risk and should begin screening before age 50. African Americans are recommended to begin screening at age 45.
“Screening for colon cancer is of critical importance for all those 50 and older,” added Leonard B. Stein, MD, FACG, a member of Gastroenterology Associates and medical director of the Long Island Center for Digestive Health. “Not only is screening the best way to detect and treat colon cancer early on before it spreads, but screening can also prevent colon cancer by finding and removing polyps before they even become cancer.”
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—Courtesy of Gastroenterology Associates