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Colonoscopies Can Save Lives
December 11, 2009

Although occurrences of colorectal cancer have been declining in recent years, it is still the third leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. Many of the deaths could be avoided by regular screening from a physician, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

“Many cases are preventable with good colon screening and flexible colonoscopy is now considered the method of choice,” says Dr. Don Hura of Surgery of London. “It is currently recommended that a person with a family history of colon cancer should begin their colon screening at age 40 and for the average person at age 50. Certainly if a person has any colon symptoms such as bleeding, change in bowel movements, discomfort or diarrhea lasting in excess of three days, then colonoscopy is warranted immediately.”

In addition to the many procedures he can perform, Dr. Don Hura, Madison County’s newest general surgeon, is now performing colonoscopies. While he has performed many colonoscopies throughout his career, Dr. Hura has just attended The National Procedures Institute’s “Updates in Colonoscopy” conference held in New Orleans. Among the numerous topics discussed were recent trends in colon cancer surveillance and current recommendations for colon cancer screening.

By attending this four-day meeting, Dr. Hura has received the most recent knowledge about performing this procedure including: recommended medications providing patient comfort; state-of-the-art colonoscopy equipment; and biopsy techniques of suspicious findings during the colonoscopic exam.

To speak with Dr. Hura more about colonoscopies and the risk of colorectal cancer, contact Surgery of London at 740-490-7244.

Did you know?

1,500 Americans die from cancer every day, and one in every four American deaths is cancer-related.

The five-year cancer survival rate for all cancers combined is currently 66 percent, but modern technology and medication is constantly increasing that percentage.

Colon cancer is just as common among women as in men. This year, about 106,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer, and almost 50,000 will die from the disease.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated tens of thousands lives could be saved each year if everyone age 50 and older would get tested for colon cancer.

For more information on cancer risks or prevention, visit www.cancer.org.

Portions of this release were taken from MyHealth Library found on the hospital’s homepage.

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