“The idea of undergoing colorectal screening isn’t pleasant. We get it. But you’ll be surprised at how easy it really is.”, shares Sophia Clayton-Arana, Brooks’ Director Surgical Services.
In recognition of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, Brooks Memorial Hospital reminds us of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that all men and women age 50 and over be screened for colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers among New Yorkers. Each year nearly 10,000 New Yorkers develop colorectal cancer and more than 3,000 die from the disease. Many people are still not aware of the risk of developing colorectal cancer and are not being screened at recommended intervals, which could help find precancerous polyps and have them removed before they turn into cancer.
“I’ve been putting off the colonoscopy for years”, Richard Halas, a Dunkirk resident, tells us. Primarily because I thought it would be a painful procedure – something would have to endure for days. It turned out to be the easiest procedure I have ever experienced. I felt no discomfort. During my follow up visit, I thanked Dr. Hyder Alam. I am now the biggest advocate of this important exam.”
Brooks is working with the Chautauqua County Cancer Services program to remind residents to take proactive steps to reduce their risk of colorectal cancer. As part of a campaign to “Turn CHQ Blue,” Brooks will make standard blue light bulbs available for only $2 each and floodlights for $8 on Thursdays and Fridays from 11-1 in the cafeteria. Or contact Surgical Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t let a health scare catch you your loved ones out of the blue. Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. Talk to your doctor about getting screened for colorectal cancer today!
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