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Colorectal Cancer: Extended-hours clinics

  • Categories: General Surgery

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  • Event Type:Screening Event

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, and Northern Inyo Healthcare District experts are encouraging patients 45 and older, or those with a family history, to seek regular screenings. To bring this topic to the forefront, NIHD will host a two-night extended-hours consultation clinic.

Much like its annual “Moonlight Mammograms” screenings in October, NIHD’s General Surgery Clinic will extend its hours on Tuesday, March 21, and Wednesday, March 22, to allow patients to schedule a preventative consultation with General Surgeon Dr. Robbin Cromer-Tyler, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

These sessions are designed for those 45 and over, those with a family history of colon cancer, or those wanting to take a proactive stance with their health. Dr. Cromer-Tyler will discuss colorectal cancer risk factors and screening options with those who schedule a visit. Please call (760) 872-1606 for one of these evening appointments. Please note NIHD will bill patients and/or insurance for these consultations.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death among cancers in both men and women in the United States. It is the leading cause of cancer death in men younger than 50.

The recent deaths of “Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman, 43, and “Cheers” and “Veronica’s Closet” actor Kirstie Alley, 71, brought renewed attention to colon cancer and the need for regular screenings.

“If you consider these two actors, Mr. Boseman died after a four-year battle with colon cancer,” says NIHD Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joy Engblade. “He reportedly received an advanced diagnosis when he was not yet 40. Sadly, the incidence of colorectal cancer is increasing in persons younger than 50. Ms. Alley died seven months following her diagnosis, which came about after reporting a sore back. The symptoms of colorectal cancer are not always noticeable, which is why conversations with your primary care provider and regular screenings are so important.”

Dr. Engblade notes experts consider colorectal cancer one of the most treatable cancers. Still, the only way to detect it is through effective screenings. “We say it a lot, but early detection does save lives,” she says. “Colonoscopies are the most effective screening method, allowing the surgeons to remove suspicious polyps on the spot. Additional screening options are available, especially for those who prefer not to or cannot have a colonoscopy. Many of these options allow people to screen more often if needed.”

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    The number of appointments is limited so please call for an appointment: (760) 872-1606. Please note NIHD will bill patients and/or insurance for these consultations.