March is Colon Cancer Awareness month and Jefferson Healthcare Surgical Associates will host a Colorectal Cancer Awareness: Screening Methods and Recommendations seminar, March 13 at 5:00 pm in the Dirksen Conference Room in Port Townsend. Surgeons Drs. David Schwartz and Kelsea Peterman will present recommendations for colon cancer screening along with the advantages and disadvantages for each option. Their presentation will address health factors to consider and provide attendees the information regarding screening methods they need to make an informed decision.
Jefferson Healthcare is an advocate for wellness, education and preventative screenings for community health and wellness. Colorectal cancer screening can help save lives. Regular screening is powerful and can find colorectal cancer early when it’s small and easier to treat. If polyps are found during colorectal cancer testing, they can usually be removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer. Testing can also result in finding cancer early, when it’s smaller and might be easier to treat.
An updated American Cancer Society guideline says colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45 for people at average risk, based in part on data showing rates of colorectal cancer are increasing in young and middle-aged populations. Colorectal cancer incidence has declined steadily over the past two decades in people 55 and over due to screening that results in removal of polyps, as well as changes in exposure to risk factors, but there has been a 51% increase in colorectal cancer among those under age 50 since 1994. Death rates in this age group have also begun to rise in recent years, indicating that increased incidence rates do not appear to be solely the result of increased use of colonoscopy. A recent analysis found that adults born around 1990 have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer compared with adults born around 1950, who have the lowest risk.
Questions and seat reservations can be made to Jefferson Healthcare Surgical Associates at 360.385.5444.