Jackson Hospital Supports Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

3/20/2014

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and Jackson Hospital is raising awareness about this deadly disease in our community.  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  The American Cancer Society projects 142,000 people will be diagnosed and an estimated 50,830 will succumb to this disease this year.  

The staff at Jackson Hospital reminds you it is never too late to start a prevention program.  People can reduce their risk factors by becoming physically active for 30 minutes a day, maintaining a healthy weight, eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Not smoking and eating less red meat have also been suggested to decrease colon cancer risk.  A routine colonoscopy every 10 years is recommended by many health organizations to assist in the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer.  

Risk factors for colorectal cancer include:  age 50 or older, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, excessive red meat consumption, and obesity. Of all the risk factors for colorectal cancer, the greatest risk is a positive family history of colorectal cancer or inflammatory bowel disease.  There is also an increased risk if you are African-American.  If you or a family member has any of these risk factors then it should be discussed with your physician as to when screening for colorectal cancer should be done.

Chipola Surgical and Medical Specialties General Surgeon, Teresa Goodpaster, M.D. recommends, “patients without symptoms related to the intestinal tract who are age 45 for African-Americans or 50 and older for all other ethnic groups should have an initial colorectal screening examination.  Jackson Hospital and the CSMS physicians are pleased to be able to offer this service in our community.  Early detection saves lives."

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For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Teresa Goodpaster, please call the CSMS office at 850-482-0017 or contact Katharine Dozier at (850)718-2696 or e-mail her at kdozier@jackhosp.org.


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