Be A Survivor, Not A Statistic

People Exercising to Prevent Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month At Sumner Regional Medical CenterColon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  Your risk runs at about one in twenty, on average. The older you are, the higher your risk becomes. Ninety percent of the new annual cases of colon cancer are found in those of us age fifty, or older. But check out this statistic…

Currently there are more that one million colon cancer survivors in the U.S.!

There is protection to be had. There are solutions available. You don’t have to become a statistic – you or your loved ones.  A simple phone call to Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee will set the protection and solutions in place.  Be a survivor, not a statistic. Call (800) 242-DOCS today for information regarding colon cancer screening.

Survivors have sought protection. Screening is the best protection for reducing your risk of colon cancer. In the past five years, screening rates have increased by sixty percent.  Colon cancer is unique in that it’s one of the most preventable cancers, and if found early through screening, it’s the most treatable form of cancer. Yet a third of adults within the age range of 50-75 are still not being screened as we should be.

Those who think they may be at risk for colon cancer should speak with a doctor. The risk factors include

  • Being over the age of 50 – Colon cancer is more likely to occur as we get older.
  • Family history – Close family relatives having had colon cancer increases our own risk.
  • Personal history – Having had any cancer ourselves puts us at a somewhat higher risk for developing colon cancer.
  • Other diseases – Particularly ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
  • Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Cigarette smoking.

Protect your health with healthy lifestyle habits.  Participate in an exercise regimen, and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Don’t smoke.  And knowing your family’s medical history is important to your own well-being.  Be informed. Prevent this disease and its results.  Take advantage of screenings, because colon cancer can develop to serious stages before revealing symptoms.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Make use of the protections and solutions offered against colon cancer by contacting the Gastroenterology Services at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee. The board certified gastroenterologists at Sumner Regional Medical Center treat a broad range of conditions by performing various specialized procedures and treatments as well as providing guidance for maintaining your health and the prevention of disease.

If you’re over fifty, at high risk or suffering symptoms you don’t understand, call (800) 242 DOCS for information and to schedule an appointment today. Our professional, compassionate staff at SRMC is here to treat you well.