Colon Cancer Screening in Anchorage, Alaska

The Alaska Digestive and Liver Disease Clinic, located in Anchorage, provides high quality and compassionate medical care, including colon cancer screening.  Dr. Ronald J. Boisen, M.D. and Dr. Daryl M. McClendon, M.D. are both board certified adult gastroenterologists and Fellows of the American College of Gastroenterology.  According to a study by the U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group, in Alaska in 2007, the colorectal cancer death rate was 18.7 to 21.1 per 100,000 people.  Scheduling an appointment for colon cancer screening by colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy could save your life.

Why Colon Cancer Screening Is Important

According to the Center for Disease Control, colorectal cancer is the number 2 cause of cancer death in the U.S.  Screening rates are still low, but as more people recieve screening, more cases of colorectal cancer will be detected and treated before it is too late.  The CDC recommends screening for all adults ages 50 - 75. Most of the time colorectal cancer begins as a small growth known as a polyp on the wall of the colon.  Colon polyps are usually not cancerous at first, but they may develop into cancer with time.  Although colon cancer is very prevalent, the good news is that it can be prevented or treated.  Colon cancer screening and early detection is the key.  If precancerous colon polyps are discovered during a colonoscopy, they can be removed before cancer develops.

Scheduling a Colorectal Cancer Screening

 If you would like more information on screening procedures you can visit our Resources page or contact us at (907) 569-1333.  If you are in the Anchorage area, Eagle River, Palmer, or Wasilla, call us today to schedule an appointment.

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