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Mid Coast Hospital Recognizes National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Urges Screening for Adults 50 Plus

Mid Coast Hospital is proud to join the American Cancer Society in recognizing National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March. Colorectal cancer is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented, and screening has decreased the death and incidence rates from the disease by almost 30% since 2000.

"Through our partnership with the American Cancer Society, we do everything possible to inform our patients, staff, and community members about the importance of screening to prevent colorectal cancer,” said Kristin Anthony, RN, Vice President of Nursing and Patient Services at Mid Coast–Parkview Health. "If you get screened regularly – before you have symptoms – growths in the colon can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer.”

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women and the risk of colorectal cancer increases with age. More than 90% of cases are diagnosed in people age 50 or older, which is why the American Cancer Society recommends that men and women start colorectal cancer screening at age 50. Some people may be at higher risk based on their family health history and may need to start testing earlier.

Currently, millions of people who should be screened for colorectal cancer are not getting the recommended tests. To help reduce those numbers, Mid Coast Hospital has partnered with the American Cancer Society to increase the percentage of people getting screened for colorectal cancer in the United States to 80% by 2018.

Mid Coast Hospital Center for Cancer Care is a Commission on Cancer-accredited program offering a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to patient care. "From increased access to wellness and prevention programs to ongoing quality initiatives, our cancer program is continuously looking for ways to improve patient experiences and outcomes,” said Anthony.

To learn more about Cancer Care at Mid Coast Hospital, visit midcoasthealth.com/cancer. For more information on how to prevent colorectal cancer – and all cancers – visit cancer.org or contact your primary care provider to discuss the right screening and prevention steps.

 

 
 
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