Louisa, KENTUCKY, March 1, 2016 – March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Three Rivers Medical Center is raising awareness about the disease.
Few cancers are as easily prevented as colon cancer. Yet in Kentucky, about 2,600 new cases will be diagnosed each year and more than 800 people will die. Even more so, Kentuckians are diagnosed at a higher rate than most of the nation and the mortality rate is among the highest. Colon cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths in mean and women combined in the state.
Early colon cancer usually has no symptoms, so it’s important to be screened. Age is the most common risk factor. It is recommended that everyone age 50 and older be screened. If you have a personal or family history of cancer, or certain risk factors such as polyps (growths) or inflammatory bowel disease, you should check with your doctor about getting screened at an earlier age.
There are several different tests for colon cancer. Some can be done at home to check for hidden blood in the stool. Other tests must be done in a healthcare facility by a physician and may use x-rays or a thin flexible tube to examine part or all of the colon. Most insurance plans, Medicaid and Medicare help cover the cost.
Dress in blue – tell your friends why and call (606) 638-4656 to make an appointment with Dr. Thomas Frazier, M.D., today. Don’t let fear, embarrassment or any other reason keep you from taking the next step.
For more information on colon cancer and GI issues, call Three Rivers Gastroenterology today at (606) 638-4656 or visit threeriversgi.com. Dr. Thomas Frazier, M.D., and Lynn Hill, APRN are employed by Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa, Kentucky. Three Rivers Gastroenterology is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. located at 40 Professional Park, Louisa, Kentucky; on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, Dr. Frazier sees patients in Paintsville at 958 Broadway, Paintsville, Kentucky.
For more information, download this informational flyer.
Dr. Frazier serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville for the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, University of Pikeville, KY, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, and is a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
2485 Highway 644
Louisa, KY 41230