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Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services is Recognizing that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Mar 10, 2019 08:29PM ● By Alyssa McGinnis

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and  Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services is challenging you to avoid assumptions and get more information about colorectal cancer that my help you or a loved one manage this deadly disease.

Colorectal cancer – cancer that starts in the colon or rectum – is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. Approximately 140,000 people are diagnosed and more than 50,000 people die from colon cancer in the U.S. annually. At the same time, colorectal cancer is also the most preventable and treatable type of cancer. The five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer found at the local stage is 90 percent, compared to 14 percent for colorectal cancer found at distant stages.

Amanda Thoms, CNP at the Parker Medical Clinic, said, “The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has found evidence that screening for colorectal cancer in people aged 50-75 years old reduces mortality of colorectal cancer.  The USPSTF states the recommended screening for colorectal cancer should be started at age 50 years old and continue until age 75 years old.  Currently the guidelines do not recommend screening before the age of 50 years old unless there is a personal medical condition or family history. This early screening should be discussed with your primary care provider. The risks and benefits of the different screening methods vary. If you are within the screening age or have concerns, I recommend you call and schedule an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss the most appropriate screening method for you based on your medical history, any possible symptoms, or family history.”

At Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services, colonoscopy screenings are offered, which is the number one way you can reduce your risk of colon cancer and rectal cancer.  All men and women should be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50, if not earlier.

Cancer doesn’t care how old you are, but we do.  Don’t assume colorectal cancer won’t affect you. Take time this month to schedule an appointment with one of our providers for a colonoscopy screening by calling 605-326-5201 to schedule an appointment.  For more information, visit our website at www.pioneermemorial.org.