Colorectal Cancer is the 2nd Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths Among Men and Women Combined
Charleston, SC (February 27, 2019) – Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers, but it’s also one of the most preventable. As with all diseases, and especially cancer, the cost of care and lost productivity are significant to patients, their families and employers. According to the National Cancer Institute the cost of colorectal cancer is more than $16 billion a year. Closing the gap between a cancer diagnosis and prevention is the goal or researchers worldwide, especially in March during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month..
Gastroenterologist Robbie Taha, DO, with Coastal Carolina Gastroenterology and Hepatology encourages people to know their risks for colorectal cancer. “Both men and women are equally at risk for colon cancer. The cancer is most common among people aged 50 and older, but can occur in patients as young as teenagers,” said Dr. Taha. “More than 75% of colon and rectal cancers happen to people with no known risk factors, which is why regular screening is so important.”
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends adults age 50 – 75 be screened for colorectal cancer. African-Americans are recommended to start screenings at age 45. However, a physician may recommend earlier screening if an individual:
Has or has a close relative who’s had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
Has an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Has a genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch Syndrome).
Colorectal cancer risk factors are divided into two categories – those that an individual can change and those that can’t be changed such as age, a personal history of colorectal polyps, or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease.
“Risk factors that individuals have control over include smoking, heavy alcohol use, physical activity and being overweight or obese,” explained Dr. Taha. He adds, “It’s very important to have a primary care physician who can monitor and manage a person’s health over a long period of time. The primary care physician is invaluable in helping detect potential health problems early.”
About Trident Health
For more than 40 years staff and physicians at Trident Health have provided acute healthcare services to families in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Services are provided through its two hospitals, Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center; two freestanding emergency departments, Moncks Corner Medical Center and Centre Pointe Emergency; and two urgent care centers, CareNow Urgent Care Goose Creek and CareNow Urgent Care North Charleston. Both hospitals have received top ranking as Joint Commission Top Hospitals for Quality Performance and are Joint Commission Certified for Advanced Heart Failure and Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. Trident Health is one of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s largest employers with more than 2,500 employees and has a medical staff of nearly 500 physicians. In 2018 it provided $143.3 million in uncompensated care and paid $47.9 million in local, state and federal taxes. To learn more about how Trident Health is growing to meet the needs of our growing region and how to join our team go to www.tridenthealthsystem.com.
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