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Pennsylvania Gastroenterology Advocates Preventative Screening During National Colorectal Cancer Month

Camp Hill, PA – Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., with more than 140,000 adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. All during March, which is National Colorectal Cancer Month, Pennsylvania Gastroenterology (PA GI) will lead efforts in Central PA to raise awareness and encourage colon cancer screenings.

Early detection is a critical factor for colon cancer survival. Ninety percent of those who are diagnosed, when the cancer is at a local stage, survive more than five years. Over 70% of all cases of colon cancer could be prevented and thousands of lives saved with a simple colonoscopy screening procedure.

“Colorectal cancer is preventable and curable, when found early,” according to Dr. Karen Kormis, one of seven board-certified gastroenterologists at PA GI, “Screening is vital for men and women age 50 or older, for anyone experiencing symptoms or individuals with a family history of colon cancer.”

Under new guidelines in the Affordable Care Act, colonoscopy screenings are now covered for adults over the age of 50 by most health insurance plans. The 30-minute screening is an easy, pain-free procedure that provides peace of mind.

PA GI is underwriting a colon cancer awareness campaign throughout Central PA during the month of March. Patients at PA GI will receive special T-shirts, In addition, all PA GI doctors and staff will wear blue star pins, the symbol of hope and awareness for 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,” explained Dr. Kormis.

Anyone who would like more information about National Colorectal Cancer Month can visit PA GI’s website at 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.