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Monday, March 4, 2013

Noyes Goes Blue on 3/4/13 for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

Noyes Employees show their support by wearing Blue!
Screening Can Reduce Your Risk!

Early detection is vital -- over 90% of all cases of colon cancer can be prevented with recommended screening. Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is one of the most detectable and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer.

If you’re 50 or older, getting a screening test for colon cancer could save your life. Here’s how:

  • Colon cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. A polyp is a growth that shouldn't be there.
  • Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer.
  • Screening tests can find polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.
  • Screening tests can also find colon cancer early. When it is found early, the chance of being cured is good.

Professional guidelines emphasize the importance of a regular screening program that includes annual fecal occult blood tests (FOBT), periodic partial or full colon exams, or both. Leaders in the field have estimated that, with widespread adoption of these screening practices, as many as 30,000 lives could be saved each year.

Click HERE to take the Colon Cancer Risk Assessment


What happens: The inside of the rectum and entire colon are examined using a long, lighted tube called a colonoscope.

You’ll often hear colonoscopies referred to as the ”Gold Standard” of screening. This is because they can both find potentially precancerous growths called polyps and remove them, while other screening tests may only find cancer or polyps. Since most cases of colon cancers start as polyps, colonoscopies essentially allow you to stop colon cancer before it even starts!

Local Health Care Providers who perform colonoscopies at Noyes Heath locations - Dansville and Geneseo:

  • Brian Foresman, M.D.: (585) 335-7179
  • Howard Merzel, M.D.: Geneseo: (585) 243-0595 / Dansville: (585) 335-4241
  • John Skillings, M.D.: Dansville: (585) 335-8550 / Geneseo: (585) 245-8628
  • Abdul Chaudhry, M.D.: (585) 786-3188

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