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The Endoscopy Department hosts a free seminar annually in March at Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth for the public to learn about the importance of early screening for colorectal cancer.

For more information, contact the Endoscopy Department at 508-830-2490.

Colorectal Cancer

Other than skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 105,500 new cases of colon cancer and 42,000 new cases of rectal cancer in 2003 in the United States. Combined, they will cause about 57,100 deaths.

The good news is that the death rate from colorectal cancer has been going down for the past 15 years. This may be because there are fewer cases, or cancers are being found earlier, and treatments have improved.

The precise cause of colon cancer is unknown, but it appears to have both inherited and environmental factors. A screening exam can prevent or identify colorectal cancer in its earliest stages. Those who should be screened include but are not limited to:

  • anyone 50 or older
  • family history of colon or rectal cancer or history of colon polyps
  • rectal bleeding
  • change in bowel habits
  • unexplained weight loss

For more information, contact the Endoscopy Department at 508-830-2490.

BID-Plymouth
275 Sandwich Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 746-2000

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