Get Your Rear in Gear for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Rajan Kochar, MD, MPH, a gastroenterologist at Springfield Clinic, promoted colon cancer awareness month, recognized in March, with Joey McLaughlin recently on WTAX radio.

“Colon cancer is preventable,” Dr. Kochar said. “The bottom line – colonoscopies save lives. You may have no symptoms, but you are harboring polyps. Someone who does have a family history should start having the procedure sooner.”

Kochar concedes that preparation for the colon cancer test is the most challenging part for patients.

“You have to clean out your gut so we can get a good look,” he said. “We are making progress at making it easier, but it’s still challenging. The procedure itself is just a quick nap with maybe a little grogginess after.”

The Facts
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among cancers that affect both men and women. About 140,000 people are diagnosed annually with colon cancer. More than 50,000 people die from the disease each year.