March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month - A Great Time to Have a Screening Colonoscopy

LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA, (March 1, 2012) - A timely article appearing in the New York Times on February 22, 2012, summarizes a report recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicating a new study provides what independent researchers have called the “best evidence yet” that colonoscopies prevent death.   

The study tracked patients for a 20-year period and concluded that the death rate from colorectal cancer was cut by 53% in these individuals who had the test and whose physicians removed growths, known as adenomatous polyps. This is an important finding that should encourage people to have screening colonoscopies! 

The physicians at Regional Gastroenterology Associates of Lancaster (RGAL), the area’s leading gastroenterology specialty practice and proudly affiliated with Lancaster Regional Medical Center, are always available to provide colon cancer screenings. Please visit their website to learn more about RGAL and their physicians.