(As seen on KSL.com) Colon cancer doesn’t discriminate between men and women, doctors and lawyers, rich and poor. It’s the second most deadly cancer with about 150,000 new cases reported each year in the US. But according to Dr. Josh Vandersteen, a gastroenterologist at Ogden Clinic, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, if not the most preventable. How is it prevented? You guessed it, with a screening colonoscopy. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and your reminder to schedule a screening colonoscopy if you’re over age 50.
Let’s be frank: A colonoscopy involves a long tube inserted up your rectum. Worse still, preparing for one means being tied to the toilet with self-induced diarrhea. Millions of people delay or even skip their screening colonoscopy for these reasons. Don’t be one of them! A screening colonoscopy remains the gold standard for preventing colon cancer—the second-most deadly cancer in America.
November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month and while stomach cancer is on the decline in America, it is the fifth most common malignancy in the world. Dr. Josh Vandersteen, Gastroenterologist at our Ridgeline location discussed some FAQs about stomach cancer this month.