March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month (PS bowel preps aren’t all 100% nasty)
Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and colon cancer rates in Louisiana are particularly high. Check out this map from the Centers for Disease Control:
We also have among the highest rates of colon cancer (and colon cancer deaths) in the USA. Fortunately, colon cancer (and deaths) are preventable through screening and early detection. I picked this graph from the British Medical Journal:
Because it shows trends nicely.
If you’re over 50, you need a screening colonoscopy. Some groups also recommend that African-Americans start screening at age 45. If you have a family history of colon cancer you may need to start screening earlier.
There are LOTS of ways to screen for colon cancer, colonoscopy is just one of them and most patients prefer colonoscopy once we discuss all the options. Most importantly, though, we have new and better and easier to take bowel preps! You probably won’t need to drink that dreaded gallon jug of nastiness! Make an appointment, we’ll talk you through the options.
Our phone number is 985-601-2662.