Hope With the Scope

— Written By Hope With the Scope flyer

Join us at our “Hope for the Scope” event on Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 5:30–7 p.m. at Piedmont Community College, Room S-100. We will have a panel discussion with local surgeons and gastroenterologists as well as some stories from people in our community who have been affected by colon cancer. We will have some colon healthy food, door prizes, educational booths, and so much more. It is free to attend but you must RSVP by March 15 by contacting LeighAnn Creson at 336-597-2204 x2277.

When people hear the word cancer, most think about breast or even lung cancer. Colon cancer has been the second leading cause of death in North Carolina and it is largely preventable. Both Person and Granville counties have too many cases of late-stage colorectal cancer being diagnosed and this cancer is largely preventable. It is estimated that 40 out of 100 deaths from late-stage colorectal cancer are preventable if all adults aged 50 and older were routinely screened. Risk factors for colon cancer are increasing age, colorectal polyps, overweight and obesity, family history, type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammatory conditions, and tobacco use. The reason to get screened is that the screening looks for precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum. A polyp is simply a growth that should not be there and over time, some of those polyps can turn into cancer. Screening can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. The best and only way we recommend getting screened is by having a colonoscopy. During this procedure, a long, thin, flexible lighted tube checks for polyps or cancer inside the rectum and entire colon. During this procedure, the doctor can go ahead and remove any polyps they find while they are in there.