March is National Colorectal Awareness Month!
Colon Cancer is known to be the 2nd deadliest cancer. Nine out of ten cases of colorectal cancer occur in people 50 years of age and older. However, the American Cancer Society recently revised their guidelines to recommend that anyone over the age of 45 receive a screening colonoscopy every 5 to 10 years. Those who are at a higher risk of developing colon or rectal cancer may need to be tested earlier or more often. You may have a higher risk of colon cancer if you have:
· a family history of colorectal polyps and/or cancer
· an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis
· an inherited syndrome, such as Lynch syndrome, that increases your cancer risk
Be sure to consult with your primary care physician for their recommendation for your screening needs now and going forward.
If you are in need of a colonoscopy, please ask your physician to refer you to one of our General Surgeons with Liberty Surgical Associates. Dr. Rebecca Coefield-Floyd and Dr. Christina McCain will perform your procedure with care and expertise. Don’t wait – schedule an appointment with Liberty Surgical Associates today! http://www.libertyregional.org/getpage.php?name=gi_unit-doctors