Ask a Specialist: Colorectal Cancer

Have you gotten your colon screening done?  What’s so important about doing it?  Learn about colorectal cancer and colon screening with Jodie Kaalekahi, Nurse Practitioner with the Physician’s Center – GI Services at The Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu.  Check it out in this segment of Ask a Specialist on Wake Up 2day.

She explains that colorectal cancer starts in colon or rectum and is the second leading cause of cancer death (men/women combined). One in 20 people are at risk for it; is caused an estimated 50,000 deaths in 2015.

Colorectal cancer screening is important, she says, because it’s used to look for a disease when a person doesn’t have symptoms. “Many colorectal cancers are preventable through screening. About one in three people aged 50-75 are not getting tested. Screening begins at age 50 for most people, but African-Americans should start screening at age 45, says Kaalekahi.

Tests for colorectal cancer will check the stool for blood and use a scope to examine the colon, paired with X-ray imaging.

To learn more about colorectal cancer and screening, join Jodie Kaalekahi, along with gastroenterologist, Dr. Norman Miller, for The Queen’s Medical Center – West O’ahu’s free Speaking of Health lecture called “Colon Screening … Why Me?”  That’s Thursday, Jan. 21, from 6 – 7 p.m. at Queen’s – West O’ahu.  To register, call The Queen’s Referral Line at (808) 691-7117.  Or go to

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