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The Colon Cancer Challenge: Increasing Screening Can Save Lives

Colon cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women in South Carolina. This year, about 2,200 people will receive a colon cancer diagnosis in our state and 800 people in South Carolina will die from the disease.
But it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer – and treatable when detected early. Unfortunately, only 64 percent of the people in our state age 50 or older report ever being screened.

The best tool to screen for colon cancer is a colonoscopy, which 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 colon cancer by up to 90 percent.

In general, people should have a colonoscopy at age 50. Patients with a family history of colon cancer should talk to their doctor and begin screening earlier. Sometimes, colon 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, regardless of age.

Dr. Samir Shah

“Don’t delay having a colonoscopy,” said Samir R. Shah, MD, a surgeon with Lexington Surgical Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, who has special training in colon and rectal surgery. “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.”
While genetics may play a role in some colon cancer cases, most occur in someone with no family history of the disease. Factors that increase the risk of developing colon cancer include tobacco and heavy alcohol use, consumption of red or processed meat, diabetes, obesity and a low-fiber diet.

Dr. Marc Antonetti

“The incidence of colon cancer is higher for men than women, especially African-American men,” said Mark C. Antonetti, MD, FACS, at Riverside Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. “It also occurs more frequently in communities with high rates of obesity and diabetes. And unfortunately, South Carolina usually ranks as one of the top 10 states in the country for these risk factors.”

Surgical treatment for colon cancer has improved over the years. It used to be that patients had a large abdominal incision, spent a week in the hospital and endured months of recovery. Now, doctors can perform the surgery with laparoscopic or robotic techniques, allowing patients to recover faster, experience less pain and go home from the hospital within two to three days.

“In many cases, surgical removal of the tumor cures the disease and no further treatment is required,” said Jeffrey S. Libbey, MD, FACS, of Southern Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. Dr. Libbey is fellowship trained in minimally invasive surgery and has performed 2,000 laparoscopic colon surgeries at Lexington Medical Center. “Some patients may require chemotherapy and radiation. The multidisciplinary cancer team at our hospital, which includes surgeons and oncologists, works together to determine the best course of action for each individual patient.”

Colon cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers at Lexington Medical Center, with doctors diagnosing 134 cases in 2015. Because of Lexington Medical Center’s affiliation with Duke Health, patients are connected to the latest treatments, technologies, preventive therapies and diagnostic techniques.

At Lexington Medical Cancer Center, clinicians fight cancer with patients and for patients.

To learn more about cancer services at Lexington Medical Center, visit LexMed.com/Cancer.

Register for the Colon Cancer Challenge Bike Ride

Lexington Medical Center will host its sixth annual Colon Cancer Challenge bike ride on Saturday, April 18, 2015. The one-day bicycling event will feature 65-, 50-, 25- and 15- and 5-mile rides that begin and end at Dutch Fork Middle School in Irmo. Hundreds of people participate in the event each year. All proceeds will go to the Lexington Medical Center Colon Cancer Fund, which provides screening colonoscopies for people who are uninsured or underserved.

bike ride“Lexington Medical Center is pleased that the Colon Cancer Challenge has provided dozens of important screening colonoscopies for people in need in our community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “The bike ride is also a fun event for the whole family that support a healthy lifestyle.”

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Each year, more than 2,000 South Carolinians are diagnosed with colon cancer and 800 die from the disease. But it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer – and treatable when detected early. Unfortunately, not everyone receives proper screening.

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The 65- and 50-mile rides begin at 8:00 a.m; the 25-mile ride at 8:30 a.m; the15-mile ride at 9:30 a.m; and the 5-mile ride at 10:00 a.m. Lunch for bike riders will be served at 11:00 a.m.

60-, 50-, 25- and 15-mile Bike Rides: Early Registration: $35. After April 14: $40. Day of Event: $45. 5-mile Bike Ride: Early Registration: $20. After April 14: $25. Day of Event: $30.

Learn more and register at www.LMCColonCancerChallenge.com.

bicylistHere are some colon cancer facts from the American College of Gastroenterology:
·Colon cancer is the only form of cancer that is preventable.
·The best way to screen for colon cancer is a colonoscopy, which is an examination of the large intestine using a lighted tube.
·Colonnoscopy is among the most powerful tools in clinical medicine, because of its excellent potential to identify and permit removal of polyps before they turn into cancer.
·In general, doctors recommend that people undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50. African-Americans should begin screening at age 45.
·Early detection and intervention can reduce mortality from colon cancer by up to 90%.

Join us for the Colon Cancer Challenge!

Lexington Medical Center will hold its 5th annual Colon Cancer Challenge, a bike ride that raises awareness about colon cancer, on Saturday, March 29 in Irmo. Learn more about it – and colon cancer – in this interview on WIS-TV, featuring LMC VP of Community Relations Barbara Willm.