Studies done by Roper St. Francis Healthcare show that patients in our area have fallen far behind on the nationally recommended guidelines for colon cancer screenings. This is worrisome.
Like more and more colorectal cancer patients nationwide, Mount Pleasant resident Marielle McLeod was young—she’d just turned 36—when she had a gut feeling that something was wrong.
Mention going to get a colonoscopy to a friend or loved one and you’ll likely get either a grimace or a snicker, or maybe both. Actually, you should get a huge high five.
Research shows a sharp increase in colorectal cancer in younger adults. Dr. Steve Akman, medical director of Roper St. Francis Cancer Care discusses the findings and local trends.