What is colorectal cancer?
What can Community Hospital-Fairfax offer?
The numbers are in about colorectal cancer. It is among the top 5 leading causes of cancer related deaths in the United States and an expected 102,480 new cases of colon cancer are expected to occur in 2013. Here is another number for you: 1.5. That is the number of hours it takes a patient to receive a life saving colonoscopy at Community Hospital-Fairfax (CH-F).
Trisha Quimby, a registered nurse on CH-F’s surgery team, says that colonoscopy patients are “in and out the door for a colonoscopy in an hour and a half. After a day of rest, they can be back to work the next day.”
An hour and half is such an insignificant amount of time compared to the impact of colon cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 60 percent of colon cancer cases could be prevented if every person over age 50 received annual screenings. The American Cancer Society reports that “Colorectal cancer is often highly treatable. If it’s found and treated early (while it’s small and before it has spread), the 5-year survival rate is about 90 percent.” And do not be mistaken, colon cancer occurs just as often in women as in men.
Community Hospital-Fairfax is committed to preventing colon cancer in our community. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps. Those polyps can be removed with an outpatient endoscopic procedure performed at Community Hospital-Fairfax.
“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping to prevent cancer in my patients.” Aron Burke M.D.
If you experience symptoms such as rectal bleeding, change in bowel movements or have a family history of colon cancer, your doctor may suggest a colonoscopy. If you are 50 or older, contact your doctor about regular colorectal screenings. Read more about Colon Cancer Awareness at www.Fairfaxmed.com.