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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading fatal cancer in the United States, but it doesn't have to be. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. Screening can find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—so that they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure. About nine out of every 10 people whose colorectal cancers are found early and treated appropriately are still alive five years later.
If you are aged 50 or older, get screened now. If you think you may be at higher than average risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about getting screened early.
- Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in Montana.
- Nearly 2 in 5 adults aged 50 to 75 years are not up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening.
- 83% of adults in Montana who have not been screened have health insurance.
St. Peter's Hospital and staff are dedicated to the continual improvement in the health of our community.
Dr. Emily Bubbers, Board Certified Colon & Rectal surgeon, will speak at our annual colorectal cancer awarness event. This Question and Answer event will offer Helena area residents and professionals education on the prevalence of colon cancer in Montana, how to prevent colon cancer and information on screening options.
Emily Bubbers, M.D. earned her medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, The Chicago Medical School. She completed her general surgery residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore., and a residency in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Bubbers is a Board Certified Colon and Rectal Surgeon and certified in Laparoscopic Surgery and General Surgery. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.