Colon Cancer Awareness

Published 03/13 2012 08:43PM

Updated 03/14 2012 09:57AM

Colon cancer is one of the deadliest, but also one of the most preventable of all cancers. Each year in the United States, about 100- thousand people are diagnosed and half that number die from the disease. Doctors always encourage patients who are over the age of 50, or who might have a family history of colon cancer, to undergo a colonoscopy. As with any cancer, the key to conquering the disease is early detection and prevention. We spoke with a Wichita Falls oncologist about the dangers of not catching the disease in time.
Dr. Srikar Malireddy/Oncologist says "If they go to the advance stage they could have other symptoms like blood in the stool, abdominal pain, wieght loss. but by the time the cancer is detected if it were to go to the advance stage, the cure is not possible so it is better if we detect it at an earlier stage."
 Since March is colon cancer awareness month, this is a good time to schedule a colonscopy. If you have any questions or concerns you can always call The American Cancer Society's toll free number: 1-800-227-2345.

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