Published: Fri, March 24, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

All you need to know on Colorectal Cancer!

All you need to know on Colorectal Cancer!

From 2006 to 2011, 68% of the colorectal cancer patients treated at MedStar Washington Hospital Center presented with stage 2 through stage 4 cancer, with a 5-year survival rate of those diagnosed with stage 2 at 63%, and only11% for those diagnosed with stage 4. Early detection through screening is invaluable and continues to play a pivotal role in the lives of more than 1 million colorectal cancer survivors across the nation.

Colorectal cancer is the second and third leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women, respectively. When detected early, polyps can be removed, halting their progression to colorectal cancer. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ), introduced the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2017 (H.R. 1017). Every year about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 die. Screening tests offer the best way to prevent colorectal cancer or to find it early.

Discussed throughout the series is information regarding what to expect when undergoing a colonoscopy, recognizing barriers to getting screened, and where patients can seek additional support and resources on colorectal cancer and colonoscopies. There are several screening options - even take-home options - available.

The American Cancer Society is working with hundreds of organizations through a coalition called the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT).

Colorectal cancer can be prevented by regular screening.

One of the eye-catching attractions from the event was a giant inflatable, walk-through colon. Other screening tests include fecal occult blood tests [that look for blood in stool], fecal stool tests for cancer DNA, and flexible sigmoidoscopy [which examines the rectum and lower colon]. These groups have the shared goal of 80 percent of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

"We are thrilled to join the cause to improve colorectal cancer screening rates", said Dr. Teegala "We are asking all members of our community to come together and help us by getting screened and by talking to your friends and family who are over 50 years of age about getting screened".

The American Cancer Society and the Cigna Foundation have collectively awarded $232,000 in grants to MedStar Washington Hospital Center's innovative community-based program to address the crisis of advanced colon cancer, occurring largely among African-Americans with health insurance living in Washington D.C.'s Ward 5.

For more details or to reach a member of the Clark and Champaign County Colorectal Cancer Coalition, please contact one of the coalition's co-chairs; Dr. Yamini Teegala at 937-324-1111 or Pilar Gonzalez-Mock at 937-323-3009. The News-Sun will make the final decision on whether they will be published.

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