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March is Colon Cancer Awarness Month

Colon DisplayPMH Orthopedic Podiatry & Surgery (OPS), PMH Medical Center, YVFWC - Valley Vista Medical Center along with The Center for Community Health Promotion -- a Sunnyside-based project of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, hosted a 20-foot replica of a colon, where residents could walk through the 20-foot-long passage and see examples of healthy colon tissue and the progression of colon cancer. On Friday March 23rd at Valley Vista main lobby.

 

During the month of March, Colon Cancer Awareness Month, PMH recommends following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) screening guidelines of regular screenings, beginning at age 50, as the key to preventing colorectal cancer.  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for colorectal cancer using high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years.

People at higher risk of developing colorectal cancer should begin screening at a younger age, and may need to be tested more frequently. The decision to be screened after age 75 should be made on an individual basis. If you are older than 75, ask your doctor if you should be screened. For more information, read the current colorectal cancer screening guidelines from the USPSTF.

PMH According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third most common cancer in American men and women, excluding skin cancer. The death rate has been steadily dropping in the past 20 years due in large part to colon screenings. The screenings allow for more cancers to be detected early when the disease is easy to cure. Today, there are over one million American survivors of colon cancer.

Call your local healthcare provider or PMH Orthopedic Podiatry & Surgery at 786-5599 to schedule your screening today.

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