Catching Colon Cancer Early Key to Beating It

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month



Submitted by Atlantic Gastro

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women. A screening colonoscopy is the best way to lower the risk of getting the disease.

Melissa Verrengia, MD of Atlantic Gastro says, “Deaths from colon cancer are declining primarily because of the preventive measures that come from a colonoscopy. That’s the best reason for people over the age of 50 to have a screening colonoscopy. Caught early, colon cancer is curable and precancerous lesions (polyps) can be removed before they evolve into cancer.”

One in 20 people will develop colon cancer. While the reasons are not fully understood, African Americans have the highest rate of colon cancer of any racial group in the United States, and Jews of European descent have the highest overall rate of any ethnic group.

Verrengia says, “Those groups should begin colonoscopy screening between the ages of 40 to 45.Caucasians should begin regular screenings at age 50, she adds. Family history of colon cancer or other cancers could alter the timing of the screenings.”

Atlantic Gastro has a “colon cancer myth test” and invites readers to find out ways to help lower their chances of getting the disease at

For more information about colonoscopies, call Atlantic Gastro at 609.407.1220 .

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