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Published on March 16, 2007

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 16, 2007

Colonoscopy: The best screening and early treatment for colon cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, but death rates are declining thanks to better treatment and more people heading advice to get a colonoscopy, said Medical Oncologist Sabet Siddiqui, MD, medical director of the Kishwaukee Cancer Care Center.

“Polyps discovered during a colonoscopy can be removed immediately, the best early treatment we have,” Dr. Siddiqui said.

The American Cancer Society recommends that adults have their first colonoscopy at age 50 and every 10 years after that.

“If someone has a family history of colorectal cancer, they should be examined by their physician to determine the need for colonoscopy before the age of 50,” he said.

Gastroenterologist Jeff Victor, DO is presenting a free program about colon health at the KCH Wellness Center on Tuesday, March 27 from 6:30 to 8pm. For more information or to register for the program call 815.748.8962.

Kishwaukee Community Hospital will be distributing free colocare screening kits to the community. The kit contains everything needed to complete testing in the privacy of your home. The results are mailed directly to your treating physician regardless of the results. The kits are available free of charge at the KCH Wellness Center Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30.

The KCH Wellness Center is located in the KCH Professional Building, 9 Health Services Drive, DeKalb.

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