A Colonoscopy can save your life.
Do you know when to have one?
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. It was officially designated by President Clinton in 2000 to spread colon cancer awareness about prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US.
Early detection is vital. Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is one of the most detectable and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer. In many cases, screening can prevent colon cancer by finding and removing polyps before they become cancer. Everyone should be screened at age 50, but anyone with a family history of either of these diseases should be screened early and frequently. They should be screened at least 10 years earlier than the age of which their family member was diagnosed.
General Surgeon Dr. Murphy says that certain risk factors put you at a higher risk for developing colon cancer. They are:
- individuals with inflammatory bowel disease
- personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps
- genetic syndromes (Familial adenomatous polyposis syndrome, hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer syndrome)
Colorectal cancer does not provide early warning signs. When symptoms do occur, they may include blood in the stool, abdominal pain, or unintentional weight loss.
Ways to reduce your risk for Colorectal Cancer are:
- increase physical activity
- eat more frutis, vegetables
- high fiber, low fat diet
- lose weight, avoid obesity
- avoid tobacco, alcohol
Join us for a Lunch-n-Learn: Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Dr. Ryan Murphy will present on risk factors, screenings, and treatment
$8.00 per person for lunch
Tuesday, March 25th | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
St. James Episcopal Church
Lunch-n-Learn Online Registration or call (575) 751-8995
Welcome Dr. O'Rourke
General surgeon, Dr. Aiden O'Rourke is an expert in laparoscopic surgery.
Dr. O'Rourke is a member of the Bard Davol Inc. training faculty, and has been instructing other surgeons in various laparoscopic techniques and procedures for over 17 years.
For more information
Call Taos surgical Specialties: 575-751-0334.
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