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Colon Rectal Cancer Treatment

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the U.S.?

Regular screening can detect colorectal cancer early, when treatment is most effective, by finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous. If cancer is present, earlier detection means a chance for a cure and longer life. More than 90 percent of people diagnosed when the cancer is found at a local stage survive more than five years.

Are you at risk for colon cancer?

  • Are you more than 50 years old?
  • Have you ever had ulcerative colon or Crohn’s disease?
  • Has anyone in your family had colon cancer or colon polyps?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Have you or anyone in your family ever had uterine, ovarian or inherited breast cancer?
  • Are you physically inactive?
  • Is your diet high in red meat and fat?

If you answered “yes” to the first question and “no” to the others you have an average risk for colon cancer. If you answered “yes” to the first plus any of the other questions, you have an increased risk for colon cancer. Everyone older than 50 should be screened for colorectal cancer.

P/SL and HealthONE are the leading providers of gastrointestinal cancer treatment in the Denver Metro area. Call 1-87-PSL-CARES, or 1-877-752- 2737 this month to schedule your screening.

At Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, we work to diagnose and treat colon and rectal cancer, as well as to help prevent these cancers through screening. Fortunately, the colonoscopy is an effective tool for diagnosing colon and rectal cancer. And, when found early, this colorectal cancer can be prevented.