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University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center - Colon Cancer Screenings

Posted at 1:54 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 13:54:15-05

Colon cancer is curable when caught early. Colonoscopies are the best way to screen for and prevent colon cancer, and the staff at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center are urging people to get screened.

Patients should get screened if they have a family history of the disease, are over age 5o, or have any symptoms like a change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, or bleeding. Colon cancer can be asymptomatic in early stages, which is another reason regular screening is so important.

If a patient is diagnosed, they can visit the new Barbara L. Posner Wellness & Support Center at The Cancer Institute, which helps support the mind and body of the patient. The center offers nutrition counseling along with holistic therapies like acupuncture, yoga, and massage.

Learn more here.