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Published on July 24, 2013

Checking Up on Your Colon Health

July 24, 2013

Although occurrences of colorectal cancer are on the decline, it’s still the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.

SANDWICH, Ill.— KishHealth Physician Group general surgeon, William Asihene, MD, was recently recertified by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and performs colonoscopies and endoscopies at Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich.  The National Institutes of Health suggest a colorectal screening every three to five years unless otherwise indicated by your physician. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 300,000 men die from cancer every year. How much do you know about your colorectal cancer risk? There are many myths about the disease, but education and awareness can help you tell fact from fiction. Beginning at age 50, men should start receiving regular colorectal exams. Colorectal cancer is most treatable when detected early. A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a physician to look inside the colon and rectum – the two main parts of the large intestine. This exam helps physicians find any abnormal growths, also known as polyps, which could indicate colorectal cancer risk. 

“While it may not be a fun topic of conversation, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States,” said Dr. Asihene. “A colonoscopy is currently your best defense, and examines the entire length of the colon to detect precancerous polyps, or growths.”

Hearing the word “colonoscopy” may cause a shudder for some, but physicians do what they can to make the experience as gentle as possible. The exam lasts approximately 30 – 60 minutes, and patients are under sedation during the exam. For more information about Dr. Asihene, or to make an appointment for your colonoscopy, please visit kpgcares.org or call 815.786.3770.  

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