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Strollin’ Through a Colon at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital

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Strollin’ Through a Colon at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
To raise awareness of colorectal cancer, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital will display a 32 ft. long and 20 ft. wide inflatable, walk-through colon. This event is free and open to the public on March 7 and 8 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the hospital.
Visitors are encouraged to come to learn how to prevent colon cancer and see the giant walk-through colon. Information about colonoscopies will be provided, as well.
“Colorectal cancer affects people in the prime years of life. These people are real and they are our neighbors. Unlike most cancers, colon cancer is actually preventable, and this aspect has been lost in the background noise,” says gastroenterologist, Eric Fontenot, MD.
With the risk of developing colorectal cancer as high as 1 in 20 people, physicians across the nation this month are urging their patients to get colon cancer screenings to reduce the risk of serious complications.
While some other tests can identify positive cancer with significant accuracy, “A colonoscopy remains the only tool that can provide patients with a potentially preventative option, if performed early enough. Often by the time symptoms develop, it’s too late. With colonoscopies, we’re hoping to prevent the cancer before it even starts. A colonoscopy, at its best, is truly a preventative screening,” Dr. Fontenot explains.
If you are age 45+ or have a history of colorectal cancer in your family, talk with your doctor about scheduling your colonoscopy. With its unique ability to remove polyps before they turn into cancer, this quick, painless screening is the only test to prevent colorectal cancer.