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Hispanics at High Risk for Colorectal Cancer
Date:8/10/2009

Arizona Gastroenterology promotes early screenings during Hispanic Heritage Month

Tucson, AZ (Vocus) August 10, 2009 -- Tucson, Arizona is home to a dense Hispanic population. In recognition of September 15th as the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, Arizona Gastroenterology is spreading the word throughout the local Hispanic community that colorectal pre-screening can save lives.

Hispanics are the group at second-highest risk for colorectal cancer, with African Americans being first. Men and women are equally at risk in all ethnic groups.

With routine screenings, colon cancer or pre-cancerous polyps can easily be detected and treated. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, the survival rate for Stage I colon cancer is over 90%.

Americans lead the world in incidence of colon cancer, but colon cancer IS preventable. The physicians at Arizona Gastroenterology set aside the month of September every year to focus their efforts to educate the Hispanic community about this disease, which is largely preventable with early screening!

"It's very important that Hispanic Americans acknowledge their family medical history. If colon cancer runs in your family, we strongly urge you to schedule a screening immediately. In some cases, medical history is not relevant, so we encourage everyone to get screened for safety. Early screenings drastically increase survival rates," says Arizona Gastroenterology Physician Dr. Bryan Contreras.

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