Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives


Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. WWMG’s Family Medicine and Gastroenterology departments are actively encouraging the public to get screened for colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Even though most people don’t want to have a colonoscopy, getting one can save your life.

Beginning at age 50, everyone should be screened although this recommendation may change based on family history or signs and symptoms. If diagnosed early, colorectal cancer is preventable and can be easily treated, which is why WWMG is encouraging patients to get screened.

Although folks may be hesitant to talk to their providers about their bowels habits, any change in regular bowel movements may indicate signs of colorectal cancer. It’s important that you discuss your concerns with your provider and also encourage your family members to have a colonoscopy.

There were approximately 103,000 new cases of colon cancer in 2010 and about 51,000 of those people were expected to die from the disease.  You don’t have to be one of those statistics and neither do the ones you love! So, spread the word to those you love and encourage them to get tested.

Contact our Gastroenterology department at 425-259-3122 or request an appointment online to schedule your colonoscopy today.