Garnet Health Medical Center along with Mike Engel from Boston Scientific hosted an awareness event on May 9th for the community members and staff. A giant, inflatable colon complete with education was displayed for all to walk through. Hospital team members, Nancy Lane and Jessica Gerlach were there to answer any questions regarding screening, prep, and colon cancer.
There are several recommended methods for colorectal cancer screening, including both visual examinations, which are performed at a health care facility, and stool-based tests, which are performed at home.
All tests have a comparable ability to reduce colorectal cancer death when performed at the appropriate time intervals and with the recommended follow-up. Positive results from any test other than colonoscopy should be followed with a colonoscopy for complete diagnostic evaluation.
The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women have their first colonoscopy at age 50. If you have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, polyps or long-standing ulcerative colitis, your physician may recommend you have a colonoscopy before age 50.
- 140,250 – Estimated adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2018
- 50,630 – Estimated deaths from colorectal cancer in 2018
- 1 in 3 – Adults ages 50-75 is not getting screened as recommended
- 277,000 & 203,000 – Estimated cases and deaths prevented by 2030 if we achieve 80% by 2018
We encourage all of our patients and community members to ask their physicians about colorectal cancer screenings. If you do not have a physician, please give our Medical Group a call at 845-333-7575.
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