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Beat Colon Cancer with Prevention, Early Detection

March 09, 2012

What Tennesseans need to know during Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Nashville, Tenn., (March 9, 2012) – Cancer of the colon and rectum is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that regular colonoscopy screenings are detecting colon cancer early and helping reverse this trend through timely treatment.

“Community education about the serious health implications, screenings, risk factors, and prevention remains incredibly important,” said Jason Aston, M.D., Colon and Rectal Surgeon, Centennial Medical Center.

The ACS recommends men and women begin regular screening at age 50 and earlier if they are at high risk for colon cancer or if they develop symptoms. Individuals are considered high-risk if they have a family history of colon cancer or a personal history of adenoma/sessile serrated polyp (SSP), colorectal cancer, or inflammatory bowel disease.

Aston explained that colon cancer prevention is two-fold. The first is making healthy lifestyle choices including weight management, regular exercise, smoking cessation, and a high-fiber diet. The second is knowing your risk level and getting appropriate screening, which can identify precancerous polyps that can be removed before they become colorectal cancer.

If a patient is diagnosed with colon cancer, individualized treatment can begin immediately. Treatment is most effective during the earliest stages of colon cancer.

March is colon cancer awareness month and an opportunity to educate our communities about colon cancer. Centennial is committed to helping reverse colon cancer statistics through community education and colonoscopy screenings for early detection. To learn more, visit www.TriStarHealth.com or call (615) 342-1919.

Centennial Medical Center, part of HCA/TriStar Health System, is a 657-bed facility that is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). One of Tennessee’s most complete medical facilities, the hospital campus is home to The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centennial, Women’s & Children’s Hospital at Centennial, Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at Centennial Medical Center at Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. To learn more, visit TriStarHealth.com and click on Centennial Medical Center or call (800) 242-5662.

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