March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month dedicated to awareness, education and the importance of colonoscopy screenings to prevent colon cancer before it starts.
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States but when caught early it is highly treatable. An estimated 60% of the deaths attributed to colon cancer could be prevented with routine screenings, like colonoscopies. Dr. Vorenberg, and all the physicians at CRS, are dedicated to educating patients, and the community, about the importance of simple screening tests that could save many lives.
“One of the best weapons we have to combat the disease is to catch cancer before it becomes cancer, and what we know is that some tissue in the form of polyp are precancerous tissue can turn into a colon cancer over time. So, by screening, we hope to eradicate cancer before it forms and also when we do screenings and we catch cancer early in the process they can be more treatable and people have a better outcome,” said Dr. Miller during the interview.
See more of Dr. Miller’s interview with Sabrina Squire from NBC12 or read more about Colon & Rectal Specialists.
The event is sponsored by the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia in an efforts to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health issue. Come learn and engage with us and other local stakeholders at one or more of their events this March 2016. Read more
You hear us talk about March being Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, but do you know why?
In February 2000, President Clinton officially designated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. It continues to grow as more providers, patients and survivors talk about the issue, raise awareness and provide education about the importance of early screening to stop colon cancer before it starts.
Who Gets Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer generally is diagnosed in people over 50 but can happen at any age.
According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, while rates for colon cancer in adults 50 and older have been declining, incidence rates in adults younger than 50 years has been increasing.
Although many people think of it as primarily a men’s health risk this isn’t true. and does not discriminate between men and women.
While everyone over the age of 50 should be screened, those with a family history of colon cancer or other health issues, and those in high-risk groups are often screened before age 50.
What Is the Importance of Screening?
On average colon cancer can take years to develop and often starts as a small polyp on the lining of the colon. During routine screenings, like colonoscopies, polyps can be identified and removed before they turn into cancer.
If cancer is present, the earlier it is detected and managed, the greater chance of survival.
Colon cancer is currently the third leading cause of death in the United States, but when caught early and treated it the survival rate is close to 90%. Many colon cancer deaths can be prevented just by getting a simple colonoscopy.
What Can You Do?
Educate yourself about the risk factors and facts about colon cancer
Know your family health history
Ask your doctor when is the right time to begin colon cancer screenings
Don’t be afraid to talk about colon cancer with other people
Don’t avoid a colonoscopy because you think it might be unpleasant – it really isn’t that bad
Contact the surgeons at CRS for more information about colon cancer or to schedule a colonoscopy. It might just save your life.
Thank you to everyone who joined us on March 10th for the Cancer / Tackle It event featuring NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier, Dr. Gentry and Dr. Rivet.
The event was designed to raise awareness and education around colon cancer, how to prevent it and treat it. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. With routine screening procedures, like colonoscopies, colon cancer is highly preventable and treatable when caught early.
Don’t forget to tune in and see Dr. Rivet on NBC12’s Neighborhood Health Watch today at 4pm.
March is Colorectal Cancer Month and Dr. Rivet will join Diane Walker at NBC12 to discuss colon cancer, screenings, prevention and the latest in medical treatments. The segment will air during today’s 4pm newscast.
You can also view the segment on NBC12.com, or during the Thursday 5:30am, Sunday 7am or 9am newscast.
See Dr. Emily Rivet on NBC12’s Neighborhood Health Watch on March 4th at 4pm.
March is Colorectal Cancer Month and Dr. Rivet will join Diane Walker at NBC12 to discuss colon cancer, screenings, prevention and the latest in medical treatments.
And don’t forget to reserve your space for the March 10th Colon Cancer Tackle It event with NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier, Dr. Rivet and Dr. Gentry. Enjoy refreshments from Mosaic, hear Willie’s story and find out how you can prevent and beat colon cancer.