Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the U.S., with more than 140,000 adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. During March, which is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Pennsylvania Gastroenterology Consultants (PA GI) will be teaming up with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and encourage colon cancer screenings.
Early detection is a critical factor for colon cancer survival. Over 70% of all cases of colon cancer could be prevented and thousands of lives saved with a simple colonoscopy screening procedure. Screenings are usually covered for adults over the age of 50 by most health insurance plans. The 30-minute screening is an easy, pain-free procedure that also provides peace of mind.
According to Dr. Karen Kormis, one of seven board-certified gastroenterologists at PA GI, “Colorectal cancer is preventable and curable, when found early,” she explained. “Screening is vital for men and women age 50 or older, for anyone experiencing symptoms or individuals with a family history of colon cancer. Since screening is the number one way to prevent this type of cancer, PA GI is committed to making sure that everyone in our community is aware of the importance of making an appointment and getting it done,” said Dr. Kormis.
PA GI is underwriting a colon cancer awareness multi-media campaign throughout Central PA during March. In addition, PA GI patients will receive special T-shirts and blue star pins, the symbol of hope and awareness for colon cancer. Anyone who would like more information about colon cancer screening and National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month can visit PA GI’s website at www.PAGIconsultants.com or visit www.cancer.org.
PA GI’s board-certified gastroenterologists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders and treat patients throughout Central Pennsylvania. The healthcare practice and state-of-the-art procedure facility are located in Camp Hill, PA.