On Wednesday, join Deena Centofanti and two specialists from Beaumont Hospital as they discuss colorectal cancer. It's America's second biggest cancer killer. But it's a form of cancer that's preventable and easily detected early with proper screening.
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., ask questions in the chat room above.
ABOUT COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS
Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum.
Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year; and more than 50,000 of them die.
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of only two cancers that can actually be prevented through screening.
Your colon, or large intestine, is about five feet long with plenty of places for cancer to hide.
Colonoscopy is a common, diagnostic procedure that allows physicians to examine the entire length of the large intestine or colon.
It can assist in identifying problems within the colon, such as early signs of colorectal cancer, inflamed tissue, ulcers and bleeding.
An endoscope - a long, flexible, lighted tube, also called a colonoscope is used during the procedure.
The scope can take tissue samples and remove abnormal growths known as polyps.
50 is the generally recommended age for a colonoscopy.
Dr. Harry Wasvary
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Director, Colorectal Multidisciplinary Tumor Clinic, Beaumont, Royal Oak
Dr. Anezi Bakken
Gastroenterology, Beaumont, Troy
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Beaumont Health System is stepping up its community awareness efforts.
March 3-7 : Area residents and community groups are invited to see a large, inflatable human colon on display in the South Tower of Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
March 11-14: first floor Atrium at Beaumont Hospital, Troy