Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States after lung cancer so keeping up with proactive screenings is important, a press release said. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that adults age 50 to 75 be screened for colorectal cancer, and that adults age 76 to 85 ask their doctor if they should be screened.
To learn more about colorectal screenings, join board-certified gastroenterologist, Charles Orton, M.D., for April’s Health Night on the Town program. Health Night will take place on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Ridge Conference Room of Methodist Medical Center located at 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps or abnormal growths in the colon or rectum, the press release said. Colorectal screenings can help find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best, the release said.
Health Night on the Town is an ongoing medical lecture series presented by physicians and other healthcare professionals. It is free and open to the public. Programs are held the last Tuesday of each month except June, July, November, and December. For more information about Health Night on the Town, please call (865) 835-4662.
This press release was submitted by Crystal Jordan.