Increasing Awareness

To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, physicians and employees at Vermillion Medical Clinic and Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C recently wore blue.

[Yankton, S.D.] –Colorectal cancer (often referred to as colon cancer) is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most common in people ages 50 and older.

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened starting at age 50 and every 10 years thereafter. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened.

To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, physicians and employees at Vermillion Medical Clinic and Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C recently wore blue. According to the South Dakota Council on Colorectal Cancer, an average of 425 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed per year in the state.

When it comes to screenings there are a variety of tests available. Sara Crisman RN, works with Medicare eligible patients on a variety of health issues stresses, “While there are multiple options in screening for colorectal cancer, colonoscopies remain the most reliable method for detecting cancer early.”

People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you smoke, are African American or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

• Get screened starting at age 50

• Encourage your family members and friends over age 50 to get screened

• Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke

• For help quitting smoking contact the SD QuitLine at 1-866-SD-QUITS or www.sdquitline.com

• Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. has three general surgeons, Drs. Ryan Garry, Jesse Kampshoff and Luke Serck, and a gastroenterologist, Dr. Steven Gutnik, who can all perform colonoscopies. To schedule your screening call the clinic at 605-665-7841.

About Yankton Medical Clinic

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. opened January 1, 1982 as a result of a merger between the Yankton Clinic and the Medical Clinic. Physician owned and operated, Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. has 43 physicians, more than 220 employees, four clinic locations, and serves 15 outreach locations in South Dakota and Nebraska.

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