Colonoscopy can prevent Colorectal cancer - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Colonoscopy can prevent Colorectal cancer

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia wants you to understand the importance of colon screenings.

Colorectal Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death behind lung cancer.

"About 50,000 people die from colon cancer just last year and minimum of half could have been prevented by just getting a routine colonoscopy," said Dr. Raja Sappati, Phoebe Gastroenterology Group.

Gastroenterologist, Dr. Raja Sappati says a colonoscopy can detect polyps early before they turn into cancer.

Most of these cancers start as small polyps and when they are small, we can easily take it out with endoscopies, so that the beauty of it, it can prevent the cancer," said Dr. Sappati.

Dr. Sappati says you should get your first colonoscopy at age 50, though some people need to start earlier.

"Change in their bowel habit and rectal bleeding, which makes them get it at an earlier time and also if there is a family history of colon cancer," said Dr. Sappati.

A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that doctors say can save your life.

"We pass the scope all the way to the right side of the colon and on our way back out we look for any polyps. Polyps are visible like pimples. They can be different sizes. If we se them, we cut them out and send them to pathology," said Dr. Sappati.

In Georgia, Colorectal Cancer is the third most common cancer.

"1 and 3 Americans do not yet get a colonoscopy screening and they are not aware of colon cancer prevention," said Dr. Sappati.

After your first colonoscopy, the test should be repeated every ten years to make sure colorectal cancer doesn't go undetected.

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.

 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Billy Fokakis dies after brief fight with rare cancer

    Billy Fokakis dies after brief fight with rare cancer

    Monday, January 22 2018 10:42 PM EST2018-01-23 03:42:00 GMT
    Billy Fokakis died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer. (Photo source: WDAM)Billy Fokakis died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Billy Fokakis, the owner of a restaurant that’s been a staple in Hattiesburg for nearly 100 years, died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer.

    More >>

    Billy Fokakis, the owner of a restaurant that’s been a staple in Hattiesburg for nearly 100 years, died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer.

    More >>
  • 1 person shot at Collins plant

    1 person shot at Collins plant

    Monday, January 22 2018 7:29 PM EST2018-01-23 00:29:55 GMT
    1 person shot at Sanderson Farm plant in Collins. (Photo source: WDAM)1 person shot at Sanderson Farm plant in Collins. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Multiple law enforcement agencies are on scene of a shooting at the Sanderson Farm plant in Collins where one person was shot.  According to Collins Police Chief Joey Ponder, the shooting happened inside the facility around 4 p.m.  The factory was closed down while the scene was made secure according to Ponder.  He said one person was shot and transported to a local hospital with injuries, but he did not know the extent of them.  A suspect did flee the sce...

    More >>

    Multiple law enforcement agencies are on scene of a shooting at the Sanderson Farm plant in Collins where one person was shot.  According to Collins Police Chief Joey Ponder, the shooting happened inside the facility around 4 p.m.  The factory was closed down while the scene was made secure according to Ponder.  He said one person was shot and transported to a local hospital with injuries, but he did not know the extent of them.  A suspect did flee the sce...

    More >>
  • Flu kills 2-year-old MS girl

    Flu kills 2-year-old MS girl

    Monday, January 22 2018 6:45 PM EST2018-01-22 23:45:54 GMT

    Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict confirms a 2-year-old girl died at Forrest General Hospital over the weekend due to complications from the flu. Benedict said the child is from Sumrall.

    More >>

    Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict confirms a 2-year-old girl died at Forrest General Hospital over the weekend due to complications from the flu. Benedict said the child is from Sumrall.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly