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Prevention and Screening are Key to Beating Colon Cancer

March 18, 2013

TriStar Centennial offers colonoscopy screenings and advanced treatments for colon cancer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 18, 2013) Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women combined in the United States according to the American Cancer Society.

Colorectal cancer, often referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer, is a cancer that develops in the large intestine (colon) or rectum. Screening colonoscopies are the best method for early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer.

“The primary goal of colon cancer screening is to prevent deaths from colon cancer,” explains Jonathan Schneider, M.D., gastroenterologist, at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. “Several screening tests are available and can help identify cancers at an early and potentially treatable stage. Some tests can also prevent the development of colorectal cancer by identifying precancerous abnormal growths called adenomatous polyps, which can be removed before they become malignant.”

He recommends that all adults should undergo colon cancer screening beginning at age 50 or earlier, depending upon their risk of developing colorectal cancer. Risk factors that increase risk of colon cancer include a family history of colon cancer or polyps and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). There are also certain genetic disorders associated with an increased risk.

Most colorectal cancers develop from precancerous polyps. Colon cancer screening tests work by detecting polyps or by finding early stage cancers. Schneider said that screening for and removal of polyps reduces your risk of developing colorectal cancer by up to 90 percent with colonoscopy.

“Colonoscopy is the “gold-standard” screening test, and it is a safe, quick, and effective procedure.” he said. “Other screening tests include flexible sigmoidoscopy (only examining a portion of the colon) as well as tests that look for microscopic amounts of blood and abnormal DNA in the stool.”

Colonoscopy screening and other diagnostic and treatment services are available at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. The new Centennial Endoscopy Center offers patients a convenient location in a medical office building on campus with free patient parking and direct access to the center.

To schedule a colonoscopy screening or learn more about colorectal cancer, visit TriStarHealth.com and select TriStar Centennial Medical Center or call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919.

Celebrating 45 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room located in Spring Hill provides 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.