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March 23, 2016

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PROGRAM Farid Razavi, MD Schuylkill Health; Colon Cancer Screening

Dr. Razavi gave a presentation on Colon Cancer and Colon health. Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the US, despite significant reductions in the death rate for the disease since 1975. Most people have a 1 in 20 chance of developing colon cancer in their lifetime. Most colon cancers develop from polyps, which are wart-like growths in the colon. Most polyps are benign but any can become cancerous as they grow. The best detection and prevention test for colon cancer is the colonoscopy, which is recommended for anyone over 50 years old. Others with a family history of colon cancer to other risk factors should be tested earlier as the direction of their Physician.

Risks can be reduced with Diet, weight control, not smoking, and increasing physical activity. An unfortunate fact is that younger people are at risk more now due to poor diet and not following the risk reductions mentioned.

When you schedule a colonoscopy, the best advise is to follow the PREP directions carefully for the best results. The colonoscopy procedure takes about 45 minutes and the patient is usually sedated. The entire process from check in through recovery is typically 2 to 3 hours.

If you have not been tested, talk to your Doctor.

Thanks to Dr. Razavi and Ms. Klinger for an informative presentation.

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