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Doctors Hospital Gives Away FREE Colon Cancer Screening Kits

March 01, 2012

Augusta, GA – March is colorectal cancer awareness month. The good news is that colorectal cancer is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through screening. However, it remains the third‐leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. Each year, tens of thousands of lives are lost to this disease. Wider use of proven screening tests could save more than half of these lives.

“Survival rates for colon cancer are up to nine times higher if found early.  People need to understand that they are in control of their health when it comes to preventing this cancer, it all starts with a simple screening,” says Dr. Thomas Kayal, Colorectal Surgeon at Doctors Hospital. 

Colon cancer, cancer of the colon or rectum, almost always begins with a polyp –a small growth on the lining of the colon or rectum.   Polyps do not typically cause symptoms until the cancer has progressed to a more advanced stage.  A colonoscopy can find and remove these growths before they turn into cancer. 

“I had no idea that I was living with cancer.  I have always been a healthy man and never thought that I needed a colonoscopy,” says Ron Vinson, diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011.  “At 59 years old, I am proof that had I received a colonoscopy at the recommended age of 50, I would likely not be battling this disease right now.” 

How do you get screened?  There are two different types of screening tests available – those that find both cancer and polyps and those that mainly find cancer and are less likely to find polyps.  A colonoscopy is often recommended because it screens the entire colon, and if a polyp is found, it can be removed during the procedure.  Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you.

Who should receive a colonoscopy?

  • Men and women who are 50 or older, even if they  are symptom free
  • Men and women 50 years or younger if colon cancer runs in their family

Receive a FREE in-home colon cancer screening kit from Doctors Hospital through the month of March: Call (706) 651-4343 and a kit will be sent to your home