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Colon Cancer is Preventable, Get Screened Today!

March is a time to raise awareness about the importance of colon cancer screenings. Visit this page throughout March for colon cancer screening options, diet tips, education, resources, support, and life-changing patient stories.

“Don’t fool around with your health is the take-away,” he said. “Even if you’re feeling great, you don’t know. These testing windows are set up for a reason.”

Joe Tavares

Colon Cancer Awareness Online Seminars

Colon Cancer Screenings and Prevention Online SeminarThursday, March 9th at 5pm

Learn about screening options, diet tips and the steps you can take now for better colon health with Southcoast Health’s James Watson, MD — right from the comfort of your own home! 

Check back soon for additional seminar announcements!

Colorectal Cancer Screening

To schedule your screening, please contact your Primary Care Provider. Don’t have a Southcoast Provider? Use our Find A Doc tool to easily find the right provider for you!

Colorectal Cancer Screenings at Southcoast Health 

At Southcoast Health, we offer colorectal cancer screenings to increase your chances of early detection. Our screenings can help find precancerous polyps, so that they can be surgically removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer. Regular screenings can also help find colorectal cancer in the early stages, when treatments for this type of cancer work most effectively. Remember colorectal cancer generally has no symptoms, so please get a screening at one of our primary care locations southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island – especially if you have any risk factors or are over the age of 50. Schedule an appointment or contact us today for more information.

Southcoast Health provides colorectal exams for patients across southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island.

Early Detection is Key

Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed among men and women in the United States. However, when caught early, colon cancer is treatable.

At Southcoast Health, we offer colorectal cancer screenings to increase your chances of early detection. Our screenings can help find precancerous polyps, so that they can be surgically removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer.

Regular screenings can also help find colorectal cancer in the early stages, when treatments for this type of cancer work most effectively.

Certain risk factors increase the likelihood of developing colon cancer, including:

  • Age — 90% of colon cancers occur in people 50 and older
  • Family or personal history of colorectal polyps or cancer
  • Genetics — 5 to 10% of colon cancers are related to mutations in genes and genetic syndromes
  • Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease — ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Lifestyle factors, such as obesity, not exercising, smoking, poor diet and heavy alcohol use

Don’t let embarrassment prevent an important screening

Tiverton woman takes on colorectal cancer