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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Date: 03/12/2019

Bangor, Maine (March 12, 2019) – If you are 50 to 75 years old, you should get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. It’s that simple. If you’re younger than 50 and think you may be at high risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, or if you’re older than 75, ask your primary care provider if you should be screened. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.


Sophia Villanueva, MD, fellowship trained colorectal surgeon, Northern Light Surgery, just completing her 100th robotic colorectal surgery, says, “Colonoscopy is a procedure that almost everyone cringes when they think about it, but the reality is, it’s not that bad,” says Dr. Villanueva. “The prep is much better than it used to be, you won’t remember a thing, and the gains far outweigh the pains.”


If you think you may be a high risk patient, or if you are 50-75 and have never had a colonoscopy, ask your primary care provider about next steps in caring for your colon.


Maria Michailidou, MD and Sophia Villanueva, MD, fellowship trained colorectal surgeons with Northern Light Surgery want you to know the  importance of getting your screening colonoscopy, what your healthcare team can do for you, and what you should do to prevent the disease.


For more information visit:
https://northernlighthealth.org/Services/Surgery 
For information on colorectal screening and colon cancer visit:
https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/index.htm
https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/colon-cancer