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Approximately 1 in 20 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. In fact, colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States.
Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is one of the most preventable and, if found early, most treatable forms of cancer. Regular screenings are an effective way to diagnose colon cancer in the early stages when treatments are most effective. From a colonoscopy to an at-home stool test, there is an option for everyone.
Dr. Jeffrey Poole from Utah Digestive Health Institute will walk you through the steps on when to get acolonoscopy, how often, what to look for, and the treatment options available.
Colorectal cancer often has few, if any, symptoms, so it important to make sure you get properly screened. Especially if any of the following symptoms are present:
• A change in your bowel habits
• Feeling that your bowel does not empty completely
• Rectal bleeding or finding blood in your stool
• Finding your stools are narrower than usual
• Persistent abdominal discomfort
• Losing weight with no known reason
• Weakness or fatigue
• Having nausea or vomiting
If you have questions or concerns about colon cancer, a family history of the disease, or if you want more information about screening guidelines and treatment options, attend this Healthy Conversation.
Tuesday, January 23
(Please watch for the H2U signs on the southwest entrance of the hospital.)