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 queenswestoahu.org.