Margaret Bridges, M.D.Colon Cancer Screening:
This week, Dr. Margaret Bridges will join Dr. Galati in discussing colon cancer. Dr. Bridges is a Board Certified Gastroenterologist, practicing in Houston, Texas, and a partner at Texas International Endoscopy Center. Topcs to be covered will include risk factors for colon cancer, proper screening for colon cancer, effect of diet on colon cancer, and how to reduce your risk for colon cancer.
March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, these important points about colorectal cancer are communicated:
Colorectal cancer can be prevented.
- Screening for colorectal cancer can identify polyps - grape size growths in the colon and/or rectum. These can be removed to prevent cancer from ever occurring.
- Starting at age 50, men and women who are at average risk for colorectal cancer should get screened. Men and women who have a higher risk of the disease may need to be tested earlier and should talk to their health care professional about when.
- No matter what your age, know the risk factors, know the symptoms, know your family history.
- Colorectal cancer is treatable.
- Talk with your health care professional today.