Reminder To Get a Life-Saving Colorectal Cancer Screening
Decatur Memorial Hospital Reminds You to Get a Life-Saving Colorectal Cancer Screening
March 7, 2018…Decatur Ill… March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Decatur Memorial Hospital is raising awareness of this potentially life-threatening disease.
“Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with more than 50,630 people expected to die from this disease each year,” explains Ranjodh Singh, M.D., colorectal surgeon, DMH Medical Group. “However, it is a preventable and very curable disease if caught early. DMH offers colonoscopies and other screening tests, in an effort to make colon cancer screening a routine part of preventive health care.”
Because there are often no symptoms when it is first developing, colorectal cancer can only be caught early through regular screening. “The benefits of early detection and treatment are dramatic,” Dr. Singh says. “The possibility of curing patients after symptoms develop is only 50 percent, but if colorectal cancer is found and treated at an early stage before symptoms develop, the opportunity to cure it is 90 percent or better.
Dr. Singh notes that in addition to timely and regular screening for colorectal cancer, people may be able to lower their risk of getting the disease by:
- Avoiding foods that are high in fat.
- Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and other high-fiber foods.
- Exercising regularly and maintaining a normal body weight.
- Not smoking and drinking alcohol only in moderation.
For more information on colorectal cancer screening, prevention and treatment, call Decatur Memorial Hospital’s GI Navigator 217-876-1846.