March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
WEST PLAINS, Mo – In observance of Colorectal Cancer Awareness month
in March, Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) will host two events providing education
on how to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 140,000 cases of colorectal
cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2020. Colon cancer is the third
most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer-related
deaths in men and women combined in the U.S. At the same time, colorectal
cancer is also the most preventable and treatable type of cancer. The
five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer found in its early stage
is 90 percent, compared to 14 percent for colorectal cancer found at more
It is especially dangerous because in its early stages, colon cancer does
not normally have noticeable symptoms. This makes early and regular screening
particular critical. Most colon cancers develop first as polyps, which
are abnormal growths inside the colon or rectum that may later become
cancerous if not removed.
Colon cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and
is most often found in people 50 years or older. Because of this, all
adults over 50 should have a screening colonoscopy, which is covered by
most insurance plans. This disease takes the lives of more than 50,000
people every year. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the
United States, and the second leading cause of cancer death. If you would
like to schedule a screening colonoscopy, please call OMC Internal Medicine
at 417-257-5989, or OMC Surgical Services at 417-255-9700.
In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, OMC will host the
following community events.
Community Education Luncheon
12-1 p.m., Club 60 Steakhouse, 8773 Old Hwy 60, Mountain Grove
The speaker is Dr. Magdy Giurgius, Board Certified General and Bariatric
Surgeon discussing colon cancer. The lunch is free, but reservations are
required. Call 417-257-6735.
Community Education Dinner
6-7 p.m., OMC Parkway Center, 1211 Parkway Center, West Plains.
The speakers are Dr. Christopher Cochran, Board Certified Internist, and
Dr. Magdy Giurgius, Board Certified General and Bariatric Surgeon, and
discussing colon cancer. The dinner is free, but reservations are required.
“We are extremely proud of our expert screening team that is delivering
innovative medicine and compassionate care right here in our community,”
said Pam Ream, Vice President of the OMC Medical Group. “Since March
is colon cancer awareness month, there is no better time to get screened
and learn about early detection of colon cancer.”
Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care
and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral
healthcare and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital
cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more
than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern
Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit
Magdy Giurgius, MD, MBChB, MSc, FACS, Board Certified General & Bariatric
Surgeon, OMC Surgical Services.
Christopher Cochran, MD, Board Certified Internist, OMC Internal Medicine