St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center Encourages Awareness And Prevention Of Colorectal Cancer

(PUEBLO, COLO.) St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center urges individuals to take action in the fight against colorectal cancer and recognizes the importance of early detection through cancer screenings. During March, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, physicians cite screenings as one of the most leading-edge tools in combatting this disease. For those who are 50 and older, simple colorectal screenings may be lifesaving.

As a disease that often presents no symptoms until advanced phases, colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the Colon Cancer Alliance. Often, a colonoscopy every ten years can determine life or death for patients.

Early intervention is crucial in the treatment process for those who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, as it is most treatable in its earliest stages, said Camille Azar, M.D., gastroenterologist, St. Mary-Corwin. Routine screenings present the opportunity to save lives, and are key in reducing the number of deaths related to colorectal cancer.

In conjunction with regular screenings, physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and abstaining from tobacco and excessive alcohol use can greatly reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, said Joseph Edelson, M.D., gastroenterologist, St. Mary-Corwin. Though colonoscopies and related screenings may intimidate some, or be an uncomfortable topic, being proactive and following simple protocols for regular checkups and screenings is life changing.

According to the CDC, the number of individuals who die from colorectal cancer could be reduced by at least 60 percent with recommended screenings. It is suggested that all men and women age 50 and older should be screened for colorectal cancer and those with a family history of colorectal polyps, or inflammatory bowel disease are at a higher risk for developing colorectal cancer. When detected early, it is among the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer. However, only two in three adults who need to be screened are actually doing so.

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