Pinewood Medical Center reduces colon cancer deaths

TAYLOR COUNTY—Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in West Virginia. However, colon cancer is also one of the most preventable diseases due to regular screening options.

There are now screening options to best meet each patient’s preference. Pinewood Medical Center has been striving to increase patients’ knowledge on the importance of colon cancer screening and their screening options.

Since 2016, Pinewood Medical Center has increased their number of patients who have been screened by 20%, and this number is still increasing.

The clinic continues to provide the best quality care to educate and screen their patients to prevent colon cancer.

According to the United States Preventive Service Task Force, the recommendation is that an average risk person should complete colon cancer screening starting at age 50 and continuing through age 75.

Any average risk patient needs to speak with their healthcare provider to discuss and choose which screening option is best for them. The current screening recommendations consist of the following options: colonoscopy, CT colonography, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and take home stool-based tests.

Anyone with either a personal history or a family history of colon cancer needs to begin screening at an earlier age and should speak to their provider to determine the best age to begin screening.

For more information or to schedule your next colon cancer screening, contact Pinewood Medical Center at  304 -265-1350.