“Don’t Assume.” National Colorectal Awareness Month

  • “Don’t assume,” is the Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s 2019 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month public awareness campaign. Don’t assume you’re too young for colorectal cancer.

  • Lawrence County Memorial Hospital wants to make sure you know there is support you need to put an end to this deadly disease.

  • Colorectal cancer is the third-most common cancer diagnosed in both American men and women, and the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. According to Dr. Faris AL-Gebory, general surgeon at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital, colorectal cancer can be easily prevented.

  • “It’s very preventable if people follow a healthy diet program, starting when they’re young, and stay on it for the rest of their lives,” he said. “It’s also very preventable if you can have a colonoscopy at the age of 50, if you don’t have any family history of colon cancer. Sometimes they have to do it earlier, say at the age of 20, if they have genetic colon cancer.”
  • Health officials stress that when it comes to colorectal cancer, early detection is vital and key things to keep in mind include: Diet, exercise, smoking/heavy alcohol use, and family history.
  • Those with specific concerns about colorectal can reach Al-Gebory’s office by contacting the hospital at 943-1000.