In 2000, the then President Bill Clinton declared March National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, colon cancer awareness has helped many people become educated on how to live a healthier lifestyle, as well seek routine screenings with their gastroenterologist. Many medical groups, not just gastroenterologists, have spent much of their focus on Colon Cancer Awareness Month because of its importance to the community.
The staff and doctors at Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey are in the midst of spreading awareness through social media hashtags, informative videos, and word of mouth. All year long GANJ promotes the importance of routine screenings. Approximately 140,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer in the U.S. and over 50,000 people die from it annually. If everyone age 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer can be avoided. Only about 60% of eligible individuals take advantage of colonoscopies, despite the fact that they are covered by most insurers without copays. Together we can save lives. Contact us today to schedule your screening.