Colorectal cancer and the importance of screening

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the United States. Yet, it is a form of cancer that is majorly preventable and easily detected early through the use of screening.  If detected early, the five year survival rate of colorectal cancer is more than 90 percent.

Colonoscopies are the gold standard of screening methods for colorectal cancer.  Colorectal cancer occurs in men and women equally, therefore it is recommended for everyone to begin getting colonoscopies at the age of fifty, unless an individual is at higher risk of developing the disease.  Certain factors such as race, family history of the disease and certain gastrointestinal conditions, such as ulcerative colitis, may put an individual at higher risk for developing colorectal cancer and they may be recommended to begin screening at an earlier age.

Through the use of colonoscopy, gastroenterologists can not only detect and diagnose malignancies in the colon, but they can also detect and remove possibly pre-cancerous polyps lining the colon—significantly decreasing risk of developing colorectal cancer.  Despite common belief, colonoscopies are painless procedures in which the patient is properly sedated and gastroenterologists are actually able to remove any polyps discovered during the colonoscopy procedure as well.

Cone Health has an exceptional network of primary care physicians and gastroenterologists who are dedicated to educating the community about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and making sure they get colonoscopies within the recommended time frame. To learn more about colorectal cancer and new advancements in screening, you can attend the New Advances to Prevent Colorectal Cancer program coming up on Monday, March 23rd from 6-7:30pm at Cone Health Cancer Center. To register, call 832-8000 or visit www.conehealth.com/classes.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Darren Wohl is a board-certified gastroenterologist at Ely Surgical Associates, practicing at MedCenter Mebane and Burlington, and a member of the Cone Health Medical Group. Dr. Wohl received his Doctor of Medicine from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology - Faculty of Medicine in 1994. He completed his residency in internal medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH in 1997 and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Mt. Sinai Hospital and MetroHealth Medical Center in 2000.