Charleston GI Recognizes Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Charleston GI is working to bring attention to our nation’s second deadliest cancer this March, kicking off Colon Cancer Awareness Month with Dress in Blue Day. To support those affected by this devastating disease, the team at Charleston GI will wear blue on Friday, March 2nd –and they’re inviting the community to join them!

Colon cancer has already claimed too many lives. But there’s hope. Colon cancer is preventable, beatable and treatable. Here are the facts:

– Because most people don’t show symptoms, colon cancer often goes undetected if regular screenings are not performed.

– People 50 or older should get a colonoscopy, according to the American Cancer Society.

– Colon cancer is 90% beatable if caught early.

– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that if the entire population was screened at the age of 50, the number of colorectal cancer-related deaths could be cut by 60%.

2017 Charleston Endoscopy Center & Summerville Endoscopy Center stats:

– Number of patients: 14,675

– Number of colonoscopies: 11,221

– Number of patients diagnosed with colon cancer: 50

– Number of patients that had pre-cancerous polyps removed: 4,150

If you’re 50 or older, it’s time to schedule your colonoscopy at Charleston GI, the first and largest GI practice in the Lowcountry. With 11 board certified gastroenterologists, three locations and now two endoscopy centers, GI care has never been more convenient or affordable. Our team works to make the process as quick and painless as possible. You don’t even need a referral!

Remember, colon cancer is preventable, beatable and treatable. To help spread this message, please join us in participating in Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 2nd! And share your photo using #DressInBlueDay!

Click here to read more about Colon Cancer Awareness Month.