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. If you have a family history of colon cancer, depending on the details, a screening colonoscopy could be recommended at an earlier age.”

Dr. Daniel Leberer

Colorectal Surgeon, Buffalo Medical Group

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.  During the procedure, doctors actually use a camera to look inside the patient’s colon. This technology allows them to search for cancer and other abnormalities that can lead to it. The test can locate polyps throughout the entire colon and remove them as soon as they’ve been identified.

A colonoscopy is generally performed every three to ten years, depending on how many polyps are found and your family history. It’s that simple. This single procedure can help detect, treat, and prevent colon cancer.

Nurses and staff at Kenmore Mercy are doing their part to help raise awareness by hosting a Gastrointestinal Education Day on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 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