Tower Employees Spark Colon Cancer Discussions

POTTSTOWN PA – Employees at Tower Health’s Pottstown Hospital are observing March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month by wearing dark blue ribbons and clothing to spark their visitors’ curiosity, and hopefully start a conversation about the value of colon cancer prevention.

“The potential for colon cancer increases with age, and the disease does not cause symptoms in its early stages. However, it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented,” according to hospital general surgery specialist Dr. Artun Aksade. “Through a colorectal cancer screening called a colonoscopy, doctors can find and remove hidden growths called polyps in the colon before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether.”

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a significant decrease in colon cancer screening, Tower Health noted, which it said is “threatening to regress years of progress toward early detection and treatment of the disease.” The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2020 reported that four of every 10 Americans delayed or avoided medical care during the pandemic because of virus concerns.

“A colonoscopy can save your life,” Aksade warned. “Don’t put off this simple procedure.”

If you are over the age of 45 or at increased risk of colon cancer, call Aksade’s Pottstown office at 610-327-7770 – or, at Phoenixville Hospital, the office of advanced gastrointestinal surgery special Dr. James Kurtz at 610-983-1540 – to schedule a colonoscopy.

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