March is Colorectal
Cancer awareness month
The bottom line: Get Screened
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[March 15, 2017]
to the American Cancer Society, the lifetime risk of developing
colorectal cancer is about 1 in 21 for men and 1 in 23 for women.
Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common
cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The
American Cancer Society estimates there will be 95,520 new cases of
colon cancer and 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer in 2017.
Early diagnosis dramatically increased the chance of survival. In
fact, the number of deaths to colorectal cancer has decreased over
the past 20 years, which is attributed to the increased use of
colonoscopies and polyp removal.
Springfield Clinic physicians want to remind you that March is
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and to schedule your
“I don’t think we can emphasize enough the life-saving capacity of
these screening tests,” said James Thiele, MD, specialist in Colon &
Rectal Surgery at Springfield Clinic. “The survival rate for early
diagnosis versus the survival rate for a patient whose cancer has
already spread is astronomical.”
“There are certain things we can do to better our odds of
prevention, like eating right, exercising, and not smoking,” says
Ashish Chopra, MD, specialist in Gastroenterology at Springfield
Clinic. “But screening tests, such as colonoscopies, can catch the
disease easily, allowing us to treat colorectal cancers before they
become deadly, or before they become cancer at all. They truly are
A colonoscopy procedure with Springfield Clinic colon & rectal
surgeon or gastroenterologist can typically be scheduled within two
weeks of the initial consultation appointment.
Patients with acute symptoms, like blood in stool, will be given the
highest priority and seen as soon as possible. Most screening
colonoscopies are completed at Springfield Clinic’s Ambulatory
Surgery & Endoscopy Center, located at Springfield Clinic Main
Campus East Building at 1025 South 6th Street in Springfield.
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To schedule your colonoscopy or other colorectal cancer screening tests, call
Springfield Clinic at 217-528-7541, or visit
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