March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and PacMed wants you to get screened to help ensure you can live healthy, happy life.
Colorectal cancer is the number two cancer killer in the United States, yet it is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Colorectal cancer is often curable when detected early.
Most early colorectal cancers produce no symptoms. This is why PacMed’s Gastroenterologists, Margaret Eugenio, Shoba Krishnamurthy, Aparna Kulkarni, and Michele Pulling say screening for colorectal cancer is so important. Some possible symptoms, listed below, do not always indicate the presence of colorectal cancer, but should prompt a visit with your physician and a check-up:
- New onset of abdominal pain
- Blood in or on the stool or a change in stool caliber or shape
- A change in typical bowel habits, constipation or diarrhea
A colonoscopy is recommended for individuals of any age who are at a higher than average risk for developing colorectal cancer by virtue of:
- Personal history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps
- A strong family history of the disease
- Inherited forms of colorectal polyps or cancer
- A predisposing chronic digestive condition such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
*Information taken from The American College of Gastroenterology. For more information, please visit www.GI.org.
Meet our Gastroenterologists
Margaret Eugenio, MD
Shoba Krishnamurthy, MD, FACG
Aparna Kulkarni, MD
Michele Pulling, MD