Baton Rouge, La. – If you were able to get a screening that could
possibly save your life, would you?
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths
in the United States.* According to the American Cancer Society, approximately
1 in 20 people will develop colon cancer. And while over 90 percent of
colorectal cancers are found in adults over the age of 50, it can occur
at a much earlier age.
Fortunately, colon cancer is preventable through regular screening and
early detection. “I want everyone to know that colon cancer is a
preventable disease,” says Dr. Oleana Lamendola, Gastroenterologist
with Baton Rouge General Physicians. “Screening is key to prevention.
I strongly recommend my patients who are 50 or older or have a family
history of colorectal cancer get screened for the disease. It could save
By finding and removing precancerous polyps that can develop into cancer,
doctors can stop the cancer before it ever starts. Knowing the signs and
symptoms and understanding your risks is important. While your age, personal
and family histories are risks you cannot control, your lifestyle and
diet are controllable. Smoking, obesity, low physical activity and heavy
alcohol use are all linked to higher incidence of colorectal cancer.
If any of these risks apply to you or someone you love, it’s time
to talk to your doctor about the best screening option for you.
For more information about screening and prevention of colorectal cancer, visit
*American Cancer Society
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital,
with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in
Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long
history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater
Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From
our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer
care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every
age and every stage of life.
Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite
campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving
as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership,
Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General
also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency
Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School
of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching
hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and
serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients,
injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians
in private practice. For more information, visit
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