Get Screened! 

Colon cancer is the fourth most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be.  Colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that is preventable. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older. A colonoscopy is recommended for all patients, age 50 and older, or younger patients with a family history of colon cancer, as a method of colon-cancer screening. 

Colonoscopy is a procedure used to see inside of the colon and rectum.  It can detect inflamed tissue, ulcers, and abnormal growths (polyps).  Dr. Dumois is a board-certified gastroenterologist who performs hundreds of colonoscopies each month.  He uses a long, flexible tube to visualize the lining of the colon and large bowel to looks for early signs of colorectal cancer and diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus and abnormal weight loss.

Most cases of colon cancer begin as small clumps of cells called colon polyps. While these polyps start out as benign, if not discovered and removed, usually during a colonoscopy, they can become cancerous and develop into colon cancer.

In the United States, colon cancer is the second deadliest form of cancer. Each year about 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer, and 50,000 people will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Many cases of colon cancer have no symptoms or warning signs until the cancer has become advanced.  This is why it is so important to get a preventative “screening” colonoscopy.

So, get involved in the fight to stop colon cancer. Get screened if you are at risk or are the appropriate age for screening, and don’t forget to spread the message to get screened and prevent colon cancer.

More information and resources:

Stop Colon Cancer Now provides colon cancer education, support, advocacy, latest news information, and an online locator to help the nearest outpatient surgery center offering colon cancer screenings.

The Colon Cancer Alliance works to provide qualifying individuals with financial support to get screening colonoscopies through the Blue Hope Prevention Program.