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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer (also known as colon cancer) is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in Pennsylvania and the United States. If detected early, those diagnosed have a 90% survival rate. Early detection can mean the difference between life and death, and most colon cancer related deaths can be prevented.

At Keystone Health, we care about our patients and the community. That’s why, during the month of March, we are holding a Colorectal Cancer Awareness campaign to encourage those who are ages 50 -75 to get screened (in some cases people younger or older should also be screened – talk to your healthcare provider).

While colonoscopies are a very effective way to screen for colon cancer, there are other screening methods available. In many cases, colorectal cancer can be screened by using a simple at-home kit that can be completed in the privacy of your home and mailed to the lab in a self-addressed stamped envelope.

For more information on screening or to schedule an appointment to be screened (including take-home kits) please call Keystone Family Medicine at (717) 709-7999, or Keystone Internal Medicine at (717) 709-7970.

To read an article about colorectal cancer by Keystone Internal Medicine’s Dr. Kerry Whitelock, including what signs and symptoms to look for, click here.