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Health First Encourages People to get Colon Cancer Screening

ROCKLEDGE, FL—March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Health First reminds men and women age 50 and older to get screened because it might just save your life. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. However, if diagnosed in its early stages, this disease is highly preventable through screening and early detection. Colonoscopy is the preferred method of screening for colon cancer.

"Early detection of colon cancer can truly prove life-saving because it can prevent polyps from becoming cancerous and can help people start treatment early when it's most effective," said Health First Medical Group Physician Mark Hughes. ??If you are turning 50 or have a family history of colon cancer, polyps or any other risk factors, you should get screened as soon as possible."

Here are some important facts about colon cancer:

  • This year alone, more than 140,000 cases of colon cancer are expected to occur and more than 50,000 people are projected to die from this disease.
  • Colon cancer (also referred to as colorectal cancer) is a silent killer because there are often no symptoms until it is too late to treat.
  • Age is the largest risk factor for colon cancer. Therefore, even people who live a healthy lifestyle can develop polyps and cancer.
  • Men and women are equally impacted by colon cancer.
  • Most colon cancers come from pre-cancerous growths in the colon called polyps (which can be found during a colonoscopy screening exam and removed before they cause cancer).
  • If you have bleeding or unexplained abdominal pain, contact your doctor immediately.

Please contact us to schedule an interview with Dr. Mark Hughes on this important topic.

Click here to learn how to get screened.

About Health First

Health First is Central Florida's only fully integrated health system. With a mission to positively change the health and wellness of the communities we serve, Health First offers multiple commercial and Medicare health plan products, the latest technological advances and quality care through our four hospitals and numerous Outpatient & Wellness Services, including four fitness centers to help members of our community stay healthy. We offer Brevard's only Trauma and Heart Centers, and the Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group in Brevard County with 246 employed physicians.