Today is National Colon Cancer Screening Day!

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AMSURG’s campaign, Stop Colon Cancer Now, is celebrating its 3rd Annual National Colon Cancer Screening Day on March 7. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The goal with National Screening Day is to encourage at least 2,014 first-time patients to schedule their very first screening on March 7. We have a community of over 1,000 physicians to help us detect, treat and prevent colon cancer.   Colon cancer is the third deadliest form of cancer, but YOU can change that– one colonoscopy at a time. National Colon Cancer Screening Day is a way for everyone to get involved.   Colon cancer patients have a 90 percent survival rate when cancer is discovered early. A colonoscopy is truly a life-saver.   Colon cancer is a strong opponent. The chances of developing colorectal cancer are 1 in 20, so anyone can get colon cancer. African Americans are at higher risk for developing colon cancer, so individuals who are African American and are 45 years of age or older should be screened. Those of other races should have an initial screening at age 50. Family history also plays a significant role in colon cancer risk, and this risk may play a greater role than previously thought. If you have a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps, you are at increased risk for colon cancer. Even having a second-degree relative with precancerous polyps puts you at greater risk. If you have first-degree relatives with colon cancer or polyps, you should be screened 10 years prior to the youngest case.   A colonoscopy is a slam dunk for your health because the procedure allows for detection and prevention at the same time. Other screening methods do not offer the same benefit, which is why a colonoscopy is considered the gold standard for colon screenings. Removing polyps during a colonoscopy can reduce the risk for colon cancer by more than 50 percent!   Through Stop Colon Cancer Now, AMSURG reaches out to patients with an educational campaign encouraging screening for prevention. Find out more at StopColonCancerNow.com