Raising Awareness for Colon Cancer

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What are the key statistics about colorectal cancer?

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.

Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT a man’s disease. Women are diagnosed with colon cancer too, nearly as frequently as men.

About 140,000 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year in the US, and unfortunately, about 50,000 will die from this disease.

Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20 (5%). A decade ago, the risk was 1 in 13. They are changing the incidence of colon cancer with screening!


SCREENING is the process of looking for cancer or pre-cancer in people who have no symptoms of disease. Regular colon cancer screening with colonoscopy is the most powerful weapon for preventing colon cancer.

During a colonoscopy they are looking for colon polyps. We remove colon polyps during a colonoscopy. By doing so, they can prevent the development of colon cancer at that site in the colon.

Colonoscopy is recommended for everyone, men and women, at age 50…. Possibly earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps.

Colonoscopy is not as “embarrassing” as most people think. The prep/laxative is the worst part…. But the actual exam is painless and can usually be performed in about 30 minutes.

Come see the colon at the Healthy Lifestyle & Gluten Free Expo this weekend at Southtowne Expo Center.  

Dr. Holly Clark will be speaking about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (another “colon-related” topic) on Friday evening at 5PM.

Dr Krishnamurthy will speak about colon cancer at 2:30PM on Saturday.

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