Colon Cancer is Highly Preventable with Screening
March is Colon Cancer Awareness month and Tacoma-based Digestive Health Specialists is on a mission to spread the word about the importance of colon cancer screening.
Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. With over 150,000 diagnoses and 50,000 deaths per year, it is the second most deadly cancer. It is also one of the most highly preventable cancers.
Colon cancer affects men and women equally and often occurs in people with no family history. In its earliest stages, the polyps that cause colon cancer have no symptoms. With recommended screening – age 50 for average risk patients, younger for those at higher risk or with a family history – precancerous polyps can be detected and removed before they can become cancer.
“Everyone has a colon, everyone has the risk of developing colon cancer,” commented Dr. Steven Kaptik, board-certified Gastroenterologist. “Hopefully by talking more about colon cancer, we will have more people who get screened, prevent cancer and save lives.”
During the month of March, Digestive Health Specialists is running an online campaign using the hashtags, #TellAFriend #SaveALife to help spread the word.
To learn more or to schedule a screening, visit www.dhsgi.com or call 253.272.5127.
Since 1972, Digestive Health Specialists has provided patients with the most comprehensive and compassionate care for all of their digestive health needs. Digestive Health Specialists is committed to delivering exceptional gastroenterology care for each and every patient.