March 1, 2019 – March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Decatur Memorial Hospital is raising awareness of this potentially life-threatening disease. “Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with more than 140,000 women and men are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year,” explains Ranjodh Singh, M.D., colorectal surgeon, DMH Medical Group. “However, it is a preventable and very curable disease if caught early. DMH offers colonoscopies and other screening tests, in an effort to make colon cancer screening a routine part of preventive health care.” Dr. Singh notes if you meet any one of the following criteria, it is time to schedule a colonoscopy:
* Age 45 or older
* Have a family member who’s had colorectal cancer or colon polyps
* Have inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)
* Have experienced symptoms such as blood in your stool, abdominal pain, or a change in bowel movements.
For more information on colorectal cancer screening, prevention and treatment, call Decatur Memorial Hospital’s GI Navigator at 217-876-1846.