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March 05, 2012

Coliseum Cancer Institute Gives Away FREE Colon Cancer Screening Kits

Macon, GA – March is colorectal cancer awareness month. The good news is that colorectal cancer is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through screening. However, it remains the second‐leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. Each year, tens of thousands of lives are lost to this disease. Wider use of proven screening tests could save more than half of these lives.

“Survival rates for colon cancer are up to nine times higher if found early.  People need to understand that they are in control of their health when it comes to preventing this cancer, it all starts with a simple screening,” says Dr. Doug Brewer, Colorectal Surgeon at Coliseum Medical Centers. 

Colon cancer, cancer of the colon or rectum, almost always begins with a polyp –a small growth on the lining of the colon or rectum.   Polyps do not typically cause symptoms until the cancer has progressed to a more advanced stage.  A colonoscopy can find and remove these growths before they turn into cancer. 

How do you get screened? 

There are two different types of screening tests available – those that find both cancer and polyps and those that mainly find cancer and are less likely to find polyps.  A colonoscopy is often recommended because it screens the entire colon, and if a polyp is found, it can be removed during the procedure.  Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you.

Who should receive a colonoscopy?

  • Men and women who are 50 or older, even if they  are symptom free
  • Men and women 50 years or younger if colon cancer runs in their family

Receive a FREE in-home colon cancer screening kit from Coliseum Cancer Institute in the month of March:  Visit the Coliseum Cancer Center on Friday March 16th or 30th between 2:00 – 4:00 pm and receive education and the kit.

For more information and education, the public is invited to:

Colon Cancer Conference
Thursday, March 8, 7:00pm

Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Rd.

Round-table discussion on the latest advancements and treatments of colon cancer will include: colorectal surgeon Dr. D. Brewer, gastroenterologists including Dr. B. Huckaby, Dr. D. Heacock and Dr. R. Bedgood, medical oncologist Dr. U. Reusch, radiation oncologist Dr. S. Cavanaugh, pathologist Dr. R. Bradley, and radiologist Dr. M. Zinsmeister.