Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) is the second leading cancer killer among men and women in the U.S. (after lung cancer). And yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 60 percent of these deaths could have been prevented with regular screenings.          

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. However, many people who are at risk for the disease are not being screened according to national guidelines. Many people are afraid of the procedure, but there’s really no reason to be SBL Gastroenterologist Alexis Ayonote, MD, said. “It’s well worth the time and any possible inconvenience to have the screening. Too many people think ‘I’m healthy so I don’t need to do anything.’ The message is don’t wait until you’re sick and having symptoms to be screened. Colorectal cancer is a very preventable disease,” he said.

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, Sarah Bush Lincoln is giving away re-usable grocery bags at area grocery stores on March 22. The bags are intended to remind people to eat more fruits and vegetables to maintain a healthy colon, and to encourage those 50 years and older to talk to their doctor about a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer.

The bags will be distributed to shoppers while supplies last at County Market stores in Mattoon and Charleston and IGA stores in Arthur, Casey, Neoga and Toledo, Windsor Family Foods, Arcola Family Foods, Regiomontana Mexican Store, Arcola, as well as to patients at the SBL Gastroenterology Clinic throughout the month of March.

To schedule an appointment with either Dr. Ayonote or Dr. Uzer, or to learn more about colonoscopy and other services provided by the Gastroenterology and Special Procedures Department, call (217) 258-4155.

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