March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month!

The statistics are startling: According to the CDC, if everyone 50 years old or older were screened regularly for colorectal cancers, as many as 60% of deaths associated with the disease could be avoided.

60%.

That’s a staggering number when you think about the fact that colorectal cancers are the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States (CDC.gov).

Screening Saves Lives

Although no one enjoys the colonoscopy process, regular screening is the only proven method of colon cancer prevention and diagnosis. The CDC recommends a colonoscopy every ten years for individuals 50 or older, and sometimes more often for those with personal or family histories of colorectal issues, such as inflammatory bowel disease, polyps or Lynch syndrome.

Colorectal screenings can identify precancerous growths in the bowel system, called polyps. Early identification allows surgeons to remove these growths before they become cancerous. Even early identification of cancerous polyps can dramatically increase the chances that treatment will work.

A colonoscopy, just like a mammography, can determine the difference between treatable cancer and terminal cancer.

LeBauer Endoscopy Center

LeBauer’s Gastroenterology division provides access to the LeBauer Endoscopy Center, an independent, freestanding ambulatory care center for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including endoscopies and colonoscopies.

Managed by LeBauer gastroenterologists, the LeBauer Endoscopy Center is located on the fourth floor of the Sidney F. LeBauer Medical Center at 520 North Elam Avenue, Greensboro.  It is licensed by the State of North Carolina, certified by Medicare and AAAHC accredited.

Endoscopic procedures are scheduled on an elective basis.  Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Outside of those hours, urgent or emergent care is provided at Wesley Long Community Hospital and Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.

To schedule an appointment at The Endoscopy Center, please call 336.547.1718. The Center is open from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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