By Baylor Medical Center at McKinney
Colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers today, but you can take steps to reduce your risk and prevent the disease. Regular colonoscopy screenings may help prevent colorectal cancer by detecting areas of concern before they become cancer. Screening may also detect cancer early, increasing treatment options.
Colorectal cancer is…
• One of the five most common cancers in the U.S.*
• One of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.*
• Common among men and women.
• Highly treatable, if detected early.
• Preventable, in many cases.
Those at the highest risk of developing colorectal cancer include:
• Men and women, 50 years of age and older.
• Families with a history of colon or rectal cancer.
• Individuals diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease or type 2 diabetes.
• People of African-American descent.
Take a quick online assessment to see if you are at risk for colon cancer at BaylorHealth.com/colonrisk.
If you are at risk, find a gastroenterologist or a colorectal surgeon at BaylorHealth.com/McKinney to schedule a colonoscopy or call 1.800.4BAYLOR. You just might stop cancer before it starts.
About Baylor Medical Center at McKinney
Located at the northwest corner of Highway 380 and Lake Forest Drive, Baylor McKinney features a 95-bed, full-service hospital and surrounding medical office campus. Hospital services include heart and vascular, cancer, imaging, obstetrics and gynecology, level III NICU with private suites, digestive diseases, orthopedics, general surgery, neurology, internal medicine, emergency care, and outpatient services. For information visit BaylorHealth.com/McKinney. Call 1.800.4Baylor to find a physician.
About Baylor Health Care System
Baylor Health Care System is a not-for-profit, faith-based supporting organization providing services to a network of acute care hospitals and related health care entities that provide patient care, medical education, research and community service. Baylor recorded more than 2.8 million patient encounters, $4.1 billion in total operating revenue, $5.3 billion in total assets and $502 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2011 (as reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services). Baylor’s network of more than 300 access points includes 30 owned/operated/ ventured/affiliated hospitals; joint ventured ambulatory surgical centers; satellite outpatient locations; senior centers and more than 190 HealthTexas Provider Network physician clinics.
*American Cancer Society. Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System’s subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers or Baylor Health Care System.