Colon Cancer Awareness [Infographic]

Colon Cancer Awareness Infographic

Did you know that colorectal cancer is treatable if caught early through screening?

Colorectal cancer refers to a type of gastrointestinal cancer that usually begins as a growth, called a polyp, in either the colon or the rectum. Kentucky has some of the highest rates of colorectal cancer deaths in the country. In 2013, the Commonwealth ranked fourth in the nation for colorectal cancer deaths, according to the Colon Cancer Prevention Project.

Fortunately, through early detection and treatment, the disease is also highly preventable. At least 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided if those 50 years or older had regular screening test, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Review the infographic below to learn more about risk factors for colon cancer and warning signs.

Colon Cancer Risk Factors and Warning Signs

 

Preventive health screenings are key to detecting diseases before you have symptoms. Speak to your primary care provider to learn more about each type of health screening available.

Help Prevent Colon Cancer Through Screening Options

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

KentuckyOne Health Announces Affiliation Agreement With Taylor Regional Hospital

Lexington, Ky. (March 15, 2018) — KentuckyOne Health is pleased to announce a new affiliation agreement with Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville.

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Help Prevent Colon Cancer Through Screening Options

Louisville, Ky. (March 9, 2018) – March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of colorectal cancer to help save lives. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States, and the second leading cause of death in men.

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Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital to Offer Free Parkinson’s Disease Lunch Seminar

Have you or a loved one recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease? Are you looking to learn more about the disease and what you can do to live well with it?

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Bite Size Learning Event, Screenings for Better Health in the New Year, and More News

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

Our Lady of Peace to Host Free Seminar to Address Anxiety in Children and Teens

 

Lexington, Ky. (January 11, 2018) — Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health, will hold an upcoming seminar focused on an issue that affects many children and teenagers nationwide, both in the home and at school.

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Saint Joseph London to Discuss Making Healthier Food Choices in 2018

 

London, Ky. (January 10, 2018) – Saint Joseph London, part of KentuckyOne Health, invites the community to learn about ways to have a healthier year, at the Bite Size Learning health education event on Wednesday, January 17.

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Top Five Screenings for Better Health in 2018

 

Louisville, Ky. (January 9, 2018) – The new year is underway, and KentuckyOne Health is encouraging community members to kick off the year on a healthy note by resolving to get their recommended health screenings.

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Get Hands-on About Your Health

Get Hands-on About Your Health

Get Hands-on About Your Health
Preventive screenings help you understand your state of health.

Health screenings look for the risk or presence of a wide variety of conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer, to name a few. When done regularly, screenings can help pinpoint many problems early, when they may be corrected with lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, exercising or taking medication.

Having the right screenings at the right time is vital.

Let’s Talk About It

 

“When — or even if — you need certain screenings depends on many factors, including your age, family history and other medical issues you may be living with,” said Ron Waldridge II, MD, physician executive at KentuckyOne Health Medical Group and family practice physician with KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates. “It’s best to have a relationship with a primary care doctor who can help you make smart screening decisions.”

Use your annual wellness visit as an opportunity to talk with your primary care doctor about screenings and check in regularly about any other medical concerns that may arise. Together, you and your doctor can design a wellness plan that uses screenings and preventive measures to help you stay healthier, longer.

Speak with your primary care physician to learn more about each type of health screening.

Looking for Lung Cancer

 

Statistically, cancer occurs more frequently in Kentucky than anywhere else in the U.S., and lung cancer in particular is a serious health concern in the Commonwealth.

“Hearing you have cancer is devastating,” said Hilary Deskins, RN, manager of cancer prevention services with KentuckyOne Health. “Our lung cancer screening program helps us diagnose this potentially deadly disease early. That’s important, because catching it early saves lives. According to the Lung Cancer Alliance, ours is the largest screening program in the United States.”

A lung cancer screening is done using a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan.

Patients qualify for the screening who:

  • Are ages 55 to 80
  • Have a 30-pack-year smoking history (the equivalent of smoking one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years)
  • Haven’t had a chest CT scan in the last year
  • Don’t already have symptoms of lung cancer
  • Still smoke or quit within the last 15 years

This article originally appeared in the 2017 Spring edition of One Health magazine. To receive more wellness news and information, subscribe today