March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and exists in order to raise awareness of this highly preventable disease that can be diagnosed and cured when caught in time through colorectal cancer screenings. Many people don’t realize that colorectal cancer is the fourth-most common cancer affecting people living in the United States, and the second-leading cause of cancer-related fatalities.
Colonoscopy: Who Should Have One?
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons recommends that adults begin getting colonoscopy screenings starting at age 50, or even earlier for those with a family history of colon or rectal cancer or polyps. This procedure is done in an outpatient setting. There is some home preparation involved and very little discomfort. The important aspect of this screening is that your gastroenterologist can identify and remove potentially harmful polyps or take biopsies if necessary during the procedure, making this screening a highly therapeutic and possibly life-saving event. If nothing of any consequence is found, your next colonoscopy is usually planned for 10 years from that screening.
Symptoms That May Indicate the Need for Colon Cancer Screening
If you are not yet 50 years old and have no family history of rectal- or colon-related cancer or polyps, you should still consider contacting your gastroenterologist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Blood found in bowel movements or coming from rectum
- Abdominal pain that is unexplained
- Weight loss that is unexplained
Here at GI North, we take Colon Cancer Awareness Month seriously, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of our advanced technological care and treatment by scheduling your colonoscopy screening. If you are nearing the age of 50, or if you have any symptoms worrying you, such as those listed above, contact GI North. Dr. Cofrancesco and Dr. Quijano are highly experienced gastroenterologists offering services in both English and Spanish.
We accepts patients five days a week from all over the North Georgia area including Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton, Suwanee, Duluth, and Canton.
This information is not meant to take the place of professional medical advice. Please make an appointment to see either Dr. Quijano or Dr. Cofrancesco or your local medical professional at your earliest convenience.
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