May Physician Focus: Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death for both men and women in the U.S., Colorectal Cancerclaiming more than 50,000 lives each year.  The American Cancer Society estimates that 134,000 cases of the disease are diagnosed every year.

Screening for the disease saves lives, but 23 million American adults – about one in three – do not get screened as recommended.

To raise awareness about the condition and the importance of screening, the May edition of Physician Focus features two physicians from the Massachusetts Gastroenterology Association.  Guests are Francis MacMillan Jr., M.D. (photo, center) president of the Association and owner and president of Merrimack Valley Gastroenterology in Haverhill, and Raj Devarajan, M.D., (right) president of Middlesex Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Center in Acton, a board member of the Association, and President of the Medical Staff at Emerson Hospital in Concord.  Hosting this edition is primary care physician Bruce Karlin, M.D. (left)

The physicians discuss the prevalence of colorectal cancer, the suspected causes of the disease, why so many adults don’t get screened, screening guidelines set by the medical groups, the various screening tests available, and the importance of a colonoscopy as a procedure to prevent cancer.

Physician Focus is available for viewing on public access television stations throughout Massachusetts and online at www.physicianfocus.org, www.massmed.org/physicianfocus, and YouTube.

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