Most people who get colorectal cancer DO NOT have a family member with the disease. In fact, 75% of people diagnosed with colon cancer have no history of it in their family. If you have a family history of the disease your risk is even higher. However, history or not, everyone 50 and older should get tested. Risk starts to go up around age 50 and continues to rise for the rest of your life.
Many people who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer have no symptoms, and people with polyps rarely have symptoms. In fact, 75 percent of people diagnosed have no known risk factors. Regular screening should start at age 50 or sooner if there is a family history of the disease or if you have other intestinal issues.
Here at Digestive Health Specialists, we believe in the importance of prevention. While you are taking care of your breast screening this month, we ask that you also remember the importance of screening your colon, too. It’s a fact: 75% of women report being up-to-date on their breast health screenings while only a little more than half could say the same about colon cancer.
We are excited to announce that our Ultrasound Department here at Digestive Health Specialists received accreditation once again this year through the ACR (American College of Radiology). This accreditation comes after being surveyed by the Committee on Ultrasound Accreditation of the Commission on Quality and Safety and will stand for three years.
Although colon cancer prevention is a huge part of what we do here at Digestive Health Specialists, we also see patients in our clinic daily in order to meet their digestive needs. This means that we diagnose, treat and manage a wide variety of digestive diseases. We are finding that patients are becoming more and more proactive with their health, and this is partially due to all of the information that is now easily accessed on-line.
Great news for Hepatitis C patients in 2014 as a new era has been ushered in for hepatitis C treatment. The new treatment offers the prospect of curing this viral disease that affects over 3 million Americans, accounting for more deaths than HIV, and is the leading cause for liver transplants in this country.
We’ve Joined the Pledge: Reaching 80% Screened for Colorectal Cancer by 2018. National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable members have joined together to create the shared goal of reaching 80 percent screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. We hope to help in the success of this goal and have joined the efforts, along with many other organization, by signing the pledge.
Colon cancer rates have fallen by 30% over the past decade in people over age 50, and colonoscopies are getting much of the credit, according to a report released recently from researchers at the American Cancer Society. Make sure you and your loved ones avoid colon cancer by getting screened. Request an appointment today.
March is “Colon Cancer Awareness Month!” In celebration, DHS would like to share some interesting facts and stats with you about colon cancer. More info can be found here at The Colon Cancer Alliance website.
We are so excited about our new commerical that is currently airing locally. This clip highlights our quality providers, staff and convenient locations. Be sure to check our our YouTube Channel