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. General Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the U.S. On average, the lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about one in 20 (5.1%); however, this varies widely according to individual risk factors About 72% of cases arise in the colon and about 28% in the rectum Early Detection With regular screening, colon cancer can be found early- when treatment is most effective. In many cases, screening can prevent colon cancer by finding and removing polyps before they become cancer. A screening colonoscopy is the best way to find and remove by finding and removing polyps before they become cancer. And if cancer is present, early detection means a chance at a longer life! Generally, survival rates for colon cancer are lower the further advanced the disease is at detection. Over 90% of those diagnosed when the cancer is found at a local stage (confined in the colon or rectum) survive more than five years Once the cancer is diagnosed at a regional stage (spread to surrounding tissue) the rate drops to 69% When the cancer has also spread to distant sites, only 12% of those diagnosed will reach the five-year survival milestone Stage of Diagnosis Unfortunately, the majority of colon cancers are not found early before it has spread. 39% of colon cancers are found while the cancer is found at a local stage (confined in the colon or rectum) 37% of colon cancers are found after the cancer is diagnosed at a regional stage (spread to surrounding tissue) 20% of colon cancers are found after the disease has spread to distant organs Colon Cancer and Age 90% of new cases and 95% of deaths from colon cancer occur in people 50 or old. However, colon cancer does not discriminate and can strike men and women of any age While rates for colon cancer in adults 50 and older have been declining, incidence rates in adults younger than 50 years have been rising Colon Cancer and Family History People with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, or children) who has colon cancer are between two and three times more likely to develop colon cancer than those with no family history Colon Cancer Survival Rates Since the mid-1980s, the colon cancer death rate has been dropping due in part to increased awareness and screening. Finding polyps and cancer in the earlier (local and regional) stages makes it easier to treat. Improved treatment options have also contributed to a rise in survival rates. The five-year survival rate for colon cancer found at the local stage is 90% The five-year survival rate for colon cancer found at the regional stage is 70% The five-year survival rate for colon cancer found at the distant stage is 12% There are currently more than one million colon cancer survivors alive in the U.S! These statistics were compiled from the American Cancer Society’s Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2013.
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We recently celebrated the official opening of our new Thomasville Office during our Open House. Physicians, staff of the practice, and Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce President Doug Croft gathered as Thomasville Mayor Joe Bennett led the official ribbon cutting ceremony. Digestive Health Specialists moved from our previous office off National Highway into the brand new facility on August 23rd. The office is located at 137 Mt. Calvary Road right off of Business 85 at the Thomasville Medical Center exit and is open five days per week offering both gastroenterology consults and endoscopic procedure services. Drs. Jue, McCune, Ramsay, and Poleynard will continue to be the primary physicians seeing patients in the Thomasville office. Our practice has provided gastroenterology care to the Davidson County community since 1998. Physician and President, Dr. William Bray explains, “We have seen steady growth in the number of patients we serve in Davidson County since we opened our first office in Thomasville 15 years ago. We believe Davidson County will continue to grow and so we wanted to build a facility that could accommodate that growth well into the future.” Physician David Ramsay commented, “This new office allows for additional physicians and increased appointment availability with outstanding convenience, comfort and the latest technology in GI care that patients in all of our offices have come to expect from Digestive Health Specialists”.