Martha Jefferson HealthWise - March 21

March 21, 2007

The month of March is National Colo-Rectal Cancer Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to be proactive in saving the life of a loved one or yourself. Less than half of all Virginians have been screened for colon cancer, even though it is 90% preventable. This week's guest was Dr. Daniel Pambianco from Martha Jefferson Hospital. He is a Gastroenterologist, the first line of defense against colon cancer.

The job of doctors like Dr. Pambianco is to perform colonoscopies to patients, examining the colon and looking for polyps or cancer. This is the best way to identify anything early enough to stop it.

If someone does fear that they have colon cancer, their symptoms would include abdominal pain, weight loss, change in bowel movements, or a bloody stool.

To learn more about what to do if you have these symptoms, and much more about colon cancer, please click the video link above.

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