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March 16, 2013

National Colorectal Awareness Month

NORMAN — Colon cancer screening saves lives! Screening colonoscopies detect precancerous polyps and allow them to be removed before turning into cancer. Colon cancer screening also helps find colon cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.

A screening colonoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the colon. It can detect inflamed tissue, ulcers, and abnormal growths. The procedure is used to look for early signs of colorectal cancer and can help doctors diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and weight loss.

People who have colorectal cancer or pre-cancerous colonic polyps do not always exhibit symptoms. Among all the cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that 142,820 people will be diagnosed in 2013 and that 50,830 will die from colon cancer in the United States.

In honor of March being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Norman Endoscopy Center (NEC), in conjunction with gastroenterologists Dr. Charles Lackey, Dr. Robert Holbrook, and Dr. Joshua Whorton, will be performing 12 free colonoscopies to patients with financial need. Area primary care providers may submit information on patients who are in need of a screening colonoscopy to Norman Gastroenterology Associates (NGA) at 1515 N. Porter, Suite 200, Norman, OK 73071. Information may also be faxed to 405-366-1839. Appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

— Transcript Staff

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