Digestive Health Specialists Raise Colon Cancer Awareness

A colonoscopy may just save your life.

Colon cancer, a highly-preventable disease, is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country. To raise awareness and emphasize the importance of screening, Tacoma-based Digestive Health Specialists is running a web campaign this March for Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month, the organization is taking to social media to generate buzz with the hashtags #TellAFriend and #SaveALife.

Each year, more than 150,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer and more than 50,000 people die from the disease. Colon cancer is highly preventable with screening, which is recommended at age 50 for average patients, and sooner for those more at risk or who have a family history of the disease.

Colon cancer can affect both men and women equally, regardless of family history. The polyps that cause colon cancer have no symptoms in the early stages, and can be removed once detected before developing into cancer

“Everyone has a colon, everyone has the risk of developing colon cancer,” said gastroenterologist Dr. Steven Kaptik. “Hopefully by talking more about colon cancer, we will have more people who get screened, prevent cancer, and save lives.”

To learn more or to schedule a screening, visit Digest Health Specialists online.

Digestive Health Specialists has been delivering local gastroenterology care since it opened in 1972. It now has seven clinics, five endoscopy centers, and an infusion center throughout the south Puget Sound region.

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is a staff writer at South Sound magazine.
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