Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States for men and women. This disease is preventable and usually does not present symptoms until it is too late.

“Early detection is key in preventing colon cancer, which is why screenings like colonoscopies are so important.”

Dr. Daniel Leberer

Colorectal Surgeon, Buffalo Medical Group

Dr. Dan Leberer, colorectal surgeon at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, also added that if you have a family history of colon cancer, depending on the details, a screening colonoscopy is recommended at an earlier age.

There are variety of ways to be screened for colon cancer if a colonoscopy is not possible, including a yearly FIT screening (stool test), Cologuard (an every 1-3 year stool DNA test), flexible sigmoidoscopy (using a camera to look at the last third of the colon and rectum).

However, “colonoscopies are the gold standard,” says Dr. Leberer.  The test can find small/all polyps throughout the entire colon and remove them. During the procedure, doctors use a camera to look inside the patient’s colon. They search for cancer and other abnormalities that can lead to it. This test is done every three to ten years depending on how many polyps.

Nurses and staff at Kenmore Mercy are doing their part to help raise awareness by hosting a Gastrointestinal Education Day on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the hospital’s Community Room.

This is your opportunity to learn about colorectal cancer and gastrointestinal diseases, such as diverticulosis, colitis, and Crohn’s. Don’t let another Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month go by without taking away important information that could help prevent cancer in you and your loved ones.

Want to know more about colon cancer?
Or how to schedule a colonoscopy?
Call (716) 447-6205

Want to know more about colon cancer?
Or how to schedule a colonoscopy?
Call (716) 447-6205