Altru encourages screening colonoscopies for individuals age 50 and older
Grand Forks, ND – In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Altru is encouraging all individuals age 50 and older to have a screening colonoscopy. Colon cancer generally has no symptoms and often gives little warning. Colonoscopy is the best line of defense in reducing risk.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S. Early detection is vital; when detected early, it’s treatable. Over 90 percent of all cases of colon cancer can be prevented with recommended screening. A colonoscopy is considered the gold standard when it comes to detecting cancer and polyps. It’s a simple procedure where the inside of the rectum and entire colon are examined using a long, lighted tube called a colonoscope. If individuals have a family history of colon cancer, regular screenings should happen earlier than age 50. For those with no family history, colonoscopies are recommended once a decade after age 50. They are also often covered by most insurance policies.
Altru’s Endoscopy Center, staffed by three gastroenterologists and four surgeons, are available with appointments that fit patients schedules. And, the new location at Altru Professional Center offers additional procedure space so patients are able to be seen sooner. Individuals interested in scheduling a screening colonoscopy should call 701.780.6533.
About Altru Health System
Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs more than 200 physicians and 3,800 staff