Colon Cancer Awareness

Colon Cancer Awareness

Getting checked for colon cancer doesn't have to be an unpleasant experience!
March 2013 is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

The premier board-certified doctors of Utah Gastroenterology are experts in all aspects of their specialties. If you are looking for advanced, comprehensive and compassionate GI patient care, contact your primary care physician for a referral or call to inquire about an appointment (801-944-3199).

The focus of this month shall be on Colon Cancer. Utah Gastroenterology will continue to inform and educate the viewers of “Good Things Utah” on important gastroenterology and hepatology topics over the course of this year.

Here are some important points about Colon cancer to remember: 

Colon cancer is the leading GI cancer and 2nd leading cause of cancer death for both men and women [the third leading cancer for men (after lung and prostate) and third leading cancer for women (after lung and breast cancer)].

Colon cancer has no early symptoms. It is a treatable and preventable disease. Due to better screening implementations, Colon Cancer rates and Colon Cancer deaths have dropped by 20%, yet an estimated 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the US and an estimated 50,000 people will die from it in 2013. In simple terms, one out of twenty people will get colon cancer.

To reduce the risk, one must remember that any colon cancer screening is better than none; screening starts typically at age 50 unless an individual has a family history of colon cancer or inherited genes. This life saving procedure is safe and easy; it is very private and not embarrassing.

There are no early signs or symptoms of colon cancer. Clear warning signs include anemia, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits and urgency as well as weight loss.

As stated Utah Gastroenterology offers the highest quality of care due to its compassionate and experienced board-certified physicians and excellent staff. All physicians and their credentials can be viewed at www.UtahGastro.com 
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