Did you know that colorectal (colon) cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States? In Maine, roughly 900 people are diagnosed with colon cancer each year and 300 of them will die. If more people got screened, these numbers would decrease drastically.
Penobscot General Surgery has created a Streamlined Colonoscopy where eligible patients may obtain a colorectal cancer screening without an initial consult with the surgeon, saving time and money. Faster results means less worry for you and your family, and the possibility of catching it early if you have developed cancer. The good news is that colon cancer is preventable and highly treatable when caught in its earliest stages.
Penobscot General Surgery also keeps patient comfort and satisfaction in mind, which is why they use deep sedation and other methods that improve comfort both during and after the procedure. Screenings should start for everyone at age 50, or earlier if you think you may be at a higher risk of developing colon cancer. Ask your primary care provider if it's the right time for you to have a screening.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on colorectal cancer or click here to read more about colorectal screenings.
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Penobscot General Surgery
PVH Medical Arts Building, 252 Enfield Road, Suite 6
Lincoln, ME 04457