March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month!

Did you know colonoscopy alone can reduce your risk of death from colon cancer by over 50 percent?

Colon cancer, while preventable when caught early, is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month this March, Arizona Digestive Health invites you to take the time to understand your risk factors for colon cancer and, if appropriate, schedule a colonoscopy screening.

Colon Cancer initially forms as a small polyp growing on the wall of the large intestine, which after years of growth could develop into cancer. There are many types of polyps and not all will become cancerous, but with regular colonoscopies you and your gastroenterologist will be able to prevent and remove polyps before they become cancerous. Colonoscopy screenings are recommended for individuals aged 50 and over, or younger if you have symptoms or family history of colon cancer.

Please don’t hesitate to contact one of our locations or request an appointment. Our physicians and staff are happy to answer any questions you have about colon cancer and colonoscopy.

Healthy, age-appropriate individuals may also be interested in our Open Access Colonoscopy program available at some locations. This program allows qualifying patients to schedule a colonoscopy procedure, usually without the need for a pre-procedure visit. Please see our website for more information about the Open Access Colonoscopy program.

Get Blued! For Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know colon cancer is the second leading cause of overall cancer deaths in the United States? But it doesn’t have to stay this way. Early detection through screening can dramatically reduce your risk. This means having your colon checked regularly starting at age 50, or sooner if you are at higher risk.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Friday, March 4 is National Dress in Blue Day. Help slash these stats by joining the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Dress in Blue Day movement. Through this national campaign and their screening, research and patient support initiatives, we can knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers for good.

In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Arizona Digestive Health invites you to take the time to understand your risk factors for colon cancer and, if appropriate, schedule a colonoscopy screening.

Our physicians and staff are happy to answer any questions you have about colon cancer and colonoscopy. Please don’t hesitate to contact one of our locations or request an appointment.

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