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Martha Jefferson Monday: Why is Screening so Important for Preventing Colon Cancer?

Getting screened for colon cancer by undergoing a colonoscopy is incredibly important. Through screening, colon cancer can actually be detected and removed all at the same time.

“Colon cancer screening is the only screening that allows doctors to detect cancer and remove it all in one procedure,” noted Dr. Daniel Pambianco with Charlottesville ­­­­Gastroenterology. “It is an exam that prevents cancer.”

According to Dr. Pambianco, the goal is to have at least 70% of the population screened nationally for colon cancer. Right now, however, typically only 50%-60% actually get screened, so there is work to be done.

“The data has shown that we’re actually preventing deaths from colon cancer with what we’re doing with colonoscopies and early detection so the take home point is get screened,” shared Pambianco.

According to Pambianco, one out of every 25 people will likely have colon cancer, or a growth in their colon. With a simple colonoscopy however, these cancers can be detected and taken care of during one outpatient procedure.

“Of all the cancers we screen for like prostate cancer and breast cancer, colon cancer and colonoscopy is the only exam that we’re literally not only detecting, but also removing cancer, and there’s a therapeutic value to that,” commented Dr. Pambianco. “Even though going through this exam takes a day and a half, it’s an investment in your life, it’s an investment in your future, it’s an investment in a loved one.”

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