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Colorectal Cancer Month: Don’t Be Afraid to Talk to Your Doctor About Symptoms

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in South Carolina. Each year, more than 2,400 South Carolinians are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and approximately 800 die from the disease. But colorectal cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer – and treatable when detected early.

Sometimes, colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may be bleeding, abdominal pain or a change in bowel habits. People with those symptoms should talk to their doctor. It might seem like an embarrassing topic, but as a Lexington Medical Center patient from Gilbert explains in this WIS-TV story, it could save your life.

Dr. Samir Shah of Lexington Surgical Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, treated Joanne for colorectal cancer.

“Don’t delay having a colonoscopy,” Dr. Shah said. “It’s a painless procedure, and it’s better to be checked than to ignore an issue that could have been preventable and, most importantly, curable.”

A colonoscopy is considered one of the most powerful tools in clinical medicine because of its ability to identify and remove polyps before they become cancerous. Early detection and intervention can reduce mortality from colorectal cancer by up to 90 percent. Unfortunately, only 64 percent of the people in our state age 50 or older report ever being screened.

In general, people should have a colonoscopy at age 50. Patients with a family history of colorectal cancer should talk to their doctor and begin screening earlier.
While genetics may play a role in some colorectal cancer cases, most occur in someone with no family history of the disease. Factors that increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer include tobacco and heavy alcohol use, consumption of red or processed meat, diabetes, obesity and a low-fiber diet.

Lexington Medical Center diagnoses and treats more than 100 cases of colorectal cancer each year. From medical and radiation oncologists to surgeons, our clinicians provide comprehensive care for colorectal cancer. Visit LexMed.com/Cancer.

Our New Cancer Commercial

We are pleased to present our new Lexington Medical Cancer Center commercial. Affiliated with Duke Health, our hospital’s cancer program provides comprehensive care among a variety of specialties with state-of-the-art technology and unsurpassed compassion. If you have cancer, we believe “It’s Our Fight, Too.”


It’s Our Fight, Too: Comprehensive Oncology Care Close to Home

No one should have to fight cancer alone. And at Lexington Medical Cancer Center, no one does.

The entire staff is fighting right alongside each one of ourpatients, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. We don’t want patients to face this journey without help, caring people supporting them, and the most sophisticated and personalized cancer treatments available.

As part of the hospital’s new “It’s Our Fight, Too” cancer campaign, staff members formed a ribbon for a photo last week. Check out this time lapse video of our photo shoot. We can’t wait to show you the finished product.


The multidisciplinary team at Lexington Medical Cancer Center personalizes plans of care to ensure each patient achieves the best possible outcome. These treatment plans can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, clinical trials or a combination of treatments. Our Duke affiliation brings the latest research to the Midlands, cooperative group clinical trials and coordination with the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Center team at Duke, and team review of new cancer cases in our multidisciplinary cancer conferences.

For more information about cancer services at Lexington Medical Cancer Center, visit LexMedCancer.com