BON SECOURS CHARITY HEALTH SYSTEM ENCOURAGES COLORECTAL SCREENING
March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
SUFFERN, NY (March 19) – Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. And every year, approximately 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease and more than 50,000 die from it.
The Bon Secours Charity Health System hospitals: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY encourage the people in their communities to begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, and then keep getting screened regularly.
“Colorectal cancer is a cancer that can be prevented, or at the very least treated successfully when detected early,” said Peter M. Kaye, MD, FACS, FASCRS, director of colon and rectal surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. “Colorectal cancer is most prevalent in patients over the age of 50. And screening for colorectal cancer starts at age 50, unless there is a strong family history, or if a patient has symptoms such as rectal bleeding or a change in bowel habits at a younger age.”
Dr. Kaye explained that there are different ways of screening, but colonoscopy is the gold standard. A skilled colonoscopist can both examine the colon, and remove any precursors to cancer (polyps) at the time of examination. The procedure is safe and painless because it is performed with gentle sedation.
“Patients need to be proactive about their wellness,” said Dr. Kaye. “Don’t be a victim. Prevention is by early detection. Schedule an appointment with your local colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist to see if it is time for you to schedule a colonoscopy.”
About Bon Secours Charity Health System
Every year, nearly one million people in the lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Pennsylvania turn to Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS) for innovative healthcare delivered with compassion. BSCHS has received national recognition, rankings and numerous awards for the level of care it provides.
BSCHS is comprised of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY; a certified home health agency; two long-term care facilities; an assisted living/adult home facility and several other medical programs located throughout the region. The system employs more than 3,400, making it one of the region’s largest employers
Bon Secours Medical Group is BSCHS’s regional network of nearly 80 primary care physicians and specialists from a broad array of medical disciplines. These skilled clinicians play a central role in bringing personalized, preventive and expert care to people from every stage of life.
BSCHS is a member of the Bon Secours Health System—a national Catholic healthcare system with a strong reputation and robust commitment to bringing compassionate healthcare to those in need. For more information, visit www.BSCHS.BonSecours.com. For a complete list of practitioners, visit http://bschs.org/find-a-physician-bon-secours-medical-group.html