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Colorectal screening saves lives

March 19, 2012
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. If you’re 50 years or older, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises a colorectal screening exam could save your life.

The colon, also referred to as the large intestine or large bowel, connects to the rectum—the passage to outside the body. As people age, growths called polyps may occur on the inner wall of the colon or rectum. “Most polyps are benign and can be found and removed during a colonoscopy,” says Thomas Young, MD, an oncologist at St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center.

“People who have polyps or colorectal cancer don’t always have symptoms,” says Young. If there are symptoms, they may include blood in a bowel movement, stomach aches or cramps that don’t go away, unexplained weight loss. Getting a routine screening before any symptoms are present is the best way to prevent the disease.

“As a Comprehensive Cancer Program certified through the Commission on Cancer, we are committed to prevention and early detection. Colon cancer detected early is very curable and our goal is to increase awareness,” explains Young.

Colorectal Cancer Prevention
Thursday, March 29
5:30 to 6:30 pm

Java City Café
St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion
750 Wellington Ave., Grand Junction

Learn the risk factors, symptoms, and screening tests for cancer of the colon and rectum. Free presentation and Q&A, open to the public.
Presented by Eugene Crafton, MD, Grand Junction Gastroenterology

Sponsored by St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center.
No reservation needed.