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Colorectal Cancer is More Preventable than Most Cancers, Screening is Key

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 their life.”

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 here.

*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 BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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