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March 2007: March is Colon Awareness Month

01 Mar 2007

Dr. Michael Uzer 
Center for Digestive Diseases
Weiss Memorial Hospital
Phone: (773) 564-5199
Fax: (773) 564-5198

Right now, at this moment, you have the opportunity to take a simple step that could save your life. How? By having a screening colonoscopy. A timely colonoscopy could make all the difference in the world and save 30,000 lives each year, in the estimate of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Colon cancer affects men and women equally. Beginning at age 50, everyone should be screened for colorectal cancer even without problems or symptoms like pain, changes in bowel habits, or blood in the stool. An earlier screening is recommended to anyone with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, polyps or bowel disease.

There were over 100,000 new cases of colon cancer in 2006, as reported by the National Cancer Institute. Early detection and treatment is essential to prevent penetration, invasion, and spread of colon cancer cells.

The GI Center at Weiss is affiliated with the University of Chicago, ranked number six in Illinois for gastrointestinal services. If it is time for you to begin screening or to repeat screening, talk to your doctor and begin the process that could save your life. To learn more about the GI Center or to make an appointment for a colon cancer screening, call Weiss Memorial Hospital at (800) 503-1234.

View Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Colon Cancer and Screenings.