With colorectal cancer as the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, PMH Medical Center is providing numerous opportunities for community members to take a proactive approach to reducing their risk for developing the disease during this National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal cancer – commonly referred to as colon cancer – affects both men and women but remains highly preventable through screening. Men and women ages 50-75 years should be screened regularly. Colonoscopies are the common and most effective colon cancer screening option.
“Colon cancer begins with small abnormal growths in the colon that, in time, can become cancerous. Fortunately, we have the knowledge to help people protect themselves if they are proactive about reducing their risk with regular screenings,” PMH General Surgeon Shabnam Chaugle, MD, said.
Early colon cancer often doesn’t show symptoms, but warning signs to monitor include blood in stool, a change in bowel habits, stomach discomfort or gas pains, unexplained weight loss and chronic fatigue.
For more information about colorectal health, patients are encouraged to talk with their primary care provider. To schedule a colonoscopy at PMH Medical Center, contact PMH Surgical Group at 509-786-5599. All members of the public are also encouraged to take advantage of the following free PMH colorectal health educational events and screenings during March:
Free Colon Cancer Pre-Screenings
Beginning March 15, PMH’s Shabnam Chaugle, MD, will provide free colon cancer pre-screenings from 3-4:45 p.m. every Monday and Thursday at PMH Surgical Group (820 Memorial St., Ste. 3, Prosser.) These free consultations do not include a physical exam or colonoscopy; rather, the consultations are a health assessment to determine the risk of an individual developing colon cancer and the appropriateness for colonoscopy. Both men and women may participate. Call 509-786-5599 to schedule a pre-screening.
Free Community Colorectal Health Presentation
Dr. Chaugle will also give a free community health presentation about colon cancer and colorectal health on March 20 from 6-7 p.m. at PMH Whitehead Conference Room, Prosser. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 509-786-6601.
Pictured: Early detection saves lives. PMH encourages men and women ages 50-75 to regularly get screened for colorectal cancer.