Pre-screenings reduce risk for colon cancer

PMH staff offer free screenings

— With colorectal cancer as the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, PMH Medical Center is offering free colon cancer pre-screenings at the PMH Surgical Group, 820 Memorial St. Suite 3.

The pre-screenings are an opportunity for community members to take a proactive approach to reducing their risk for developing the disease during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a hospital spokesperson said.

Colorectal cancer – commonly referred to as colon cancer – affects both men and women but remains highly preventable through screening.

Men and women ages 50-75 years should be screened regularly. Colonoscopies are the common and most effective colon cancer screening option.

“Colon cancer begins with small abnormal growths in the colon that, in time, can become cancerous. Fortunately, we have the knowledge to help people protect themselves if they are proactive about reducing their risk with regular screenings,” PMH General Surgeon Shabnam Chaugle, MD, said.

He said early colon cancer often doesn’t show symptoms, but warning signs to monitor include blood in stool, a change in bowel habits, stomach discomfort or gas pains, unexplained weight loss and chronic fatigue.

Chaugle will provide free colon cancer pre-screenings from 3-4:45 p.m. every Monday and Thursday at PMH Surgical Group, 820 Memorial St., Ste. 3.

The free consultations do not include a physical exam or colonoscopy; rather, the consultations are a health assessment to determine the risk of an individual developing colon cancer and the appropriateness for colonoscopy. Both men and women may participate.

Call 509-786-5599 to schedule a pre-screening.


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