Jersey City Medical Center urges adults to screen for colon cancer

Dr. Michael Pham is the medical director of ambulatory surgery at Jersey City Medical Center.
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Dr. Michael Pham is the medical director of ambulatory surgery at Jersey City Medical Center.

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. The disease is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. When colorectal cancer is found at an early stage before it has spread, the 5-year relative survival rate is about 90 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. But, only about 4 of 10 colorectal cancers are found at this early stage.

Jersey City Medical Center is urging adults to talk to their doctor about their risk factors and screening options. If you are 50 years of age or older, this is the perfect time to get checked for colon cancer. It is also recommended to get screened if you have a family history of colon cancer.

According to Jersey City Medical Center, their Ambulatory Surgery Center has the most advanced endoscopy suite in Hudson County, with state of the art endoscopes and high definition monitors to better detect any pre-cancerous tissue. In addition, JCMC ASC provides carbon dioxide insufflation that minimizes discomfort post procedure. Other facilities use air, which may result in increased bloating and gas.

To schedule a colonoscopy screening at Jersey City Medical Center’s Ambulatory Surgery Center, please call (201) 878-3200. If you don’t have a gastroenterologist, please contact us and we will refer you to an experience physician who can screen you for cancer.