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Smart Talk: Colorectal Cancer Awareness -- it can be prevented

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 23, 2015 1:42 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, March 24, 2015:

One in twenty people will develop colon cancer at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, colon cancer has the second-highest cancer death rate in Pennsylvania. The good news is that there are preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk.

Family history makes a difference but so do diet, physical activity, and smoking and alcohol use.

Many people may feel nervous about having invasive preventative tests, but with the right lifestyle habits and regular screenings, colon cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and doctors all over our local region are encouraging their patients to get screened for colon cancer.

On Tuesday's Smart Talk physicians Dr. Ray Hohl, director of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, and Dr. Walter Koltun, chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, will discuss the causes, risk factors, symptoms, treatments and what we're learning about colon cancer.

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Dr. Walter Koltun and Dr. Ray Hohl

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Comments: 5

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-24 08:23

    Manuel emails:

    My wife and I are 42 and 45 and suffer with celiac disease. We always hear if you have IBS, or Crohn’s there is an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Does Celiac ALSO increase risks and how so?

  • Harriet img 2015-03-24 08:38

    I am one of those whose colon cancer was discovered during my first routine colonoscopy screening. I did not have any symptoms I would have connected to colon cancer, and there was no family history that I was aware of. So I have become a strong advocate for colorectal screening because otherwise I might not be alive today. I keep telling people of a certain age not to put it off. I am blessed to be cancer-free for 10 years. I am now on my what my surgeon calls the every-three-years plan for repeat colonoscopies. I dread them because I really hate the prep (made easier with pills, but still very unpleasant), but they are better than the alternative!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-24 08:40

    Peggy emails:
    Please discuss gluten’s role in colon cancer – whether celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, recent studies are showing this can lead to colon cancer.

    My mother-in-law died young of colon cancer, since then screening in her children have been found to have polyps, and within the past few years children and grandchildren have tested positive for celiac. I wonder if it’s the celiac/gluten sensitivity that’s hereditary and the colon cancer follows.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-24 08:58

    David emails:
    Because of the number of polyps found in my first colonoscopy, I needed to have a second. So I know whereof I speak. I encourage everyone to have the procedure. It is a bit of a pain in the rear (literally). But rather than dwelling on the unpleasant aspects, recognize the humor in the situation.

    A bunch of people waiting for you to fall asleep so they can take pictures of your butt has a certain charm. Ask the nurse if they ever had a patient explode.

    They introduce gas to expand your colon, and when you wake you must expel it. What could be funnier than that?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-24 08:59

    Sarah emails:
    My husband's father died in his early 50's from cancer which was believed to start in the colon but had spread throughout his body. My husband is now a 37 yr old father of four young children--what should he do now besides (and including) the most important healthy lifestyle choices. Additionally, what about meat intake & tabacco in the form of "dip" and at what age should are children be tested as adults?