Early screening for colon cancer

Early screening for colon cancer


CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. JENNIFER: BECAUSE EARLY DETECTION IS SO IMPORTANT, THEY HAVE A BIG PUSH TO GET PEOPLE SCREENED BARB IS WITH ME.>>IF YOU CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OR HYGIENE, THEY WILL TELL YOU WHERE TO GET SCREENED. ANY OF THE MAJ HOSPITALS IN THE AREA WILL BE ABLE TO SCREEN YOU. JENNIFER: IT IS FREE?>>IF YOU DON’T HAVE INSURANCE, YES. IT WILL PROVIDE PLACES THAT YOU CAN GET FREE SCREENINGS. JENNIFER: WHAT’S INVOLVED IN A SCREENING?>>THE GOLD STANDARD IS A COLONOSCOPY. WE ALSO OFFER FEE CALL BLOOD TESTS. JENNIFER: IT CAN BE INTIMIDATE BEIN THE PREP WORK AND GOING UNDER THE ANESTHESIA. WHAT DO YOU TELL PEOPLE?>>I USUALLY SAY THE PREP IS DAUNTING, BUT IT IS MANAGEABLE. YOU WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE COLONOSCOPY THAN COLON CANCER. JENNIFER: YOU WOULD HOPE IT WOULD RESONATE. IF ANYONE HAS A FAMILY HISTORY — WHAT IS THE STANDARD FOR WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO GET SCREENED?>>IT IS TYPICALLY TEN YEARS PRIOR TO THE YOUNGEST PERSON DIAGNOSED IN YOUR FAMILY. JENNIFER: TEN YEARS PRIOR.>>TO THE YOUNGEST PERSON DIAGNOSED. THAT’S CORRECT. JENNIFER: WHAT’S THE STANDARD RIGHT SNOW?>>WE HAVE ABOUT 389,000 RESIDENTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN SCREENED. AS FAR AS DIAGNOSIS RATES, IF WE CAN GET THOSE PEOPLE SCREENED, PERHAPS TH DIAGNOSIS WILL GO DOWN OR PREVENT GO UP.>>NO. NO ONE WANTS TO DISCUSS THE BLOOD IN YOUR POOP. JENNIFER: YES, SHE SAID IT ON AIR.>>I WOULD SAY WE’RE LOOKING TO SAVE 80% BY 2018. YOU WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE A COLONOSCOPY THAN COLON CANCER.

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