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2013 Press Releases


New Study Spotlights Life-Saving Benefits of Routine Screenings for Colorectal Cancer

-Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Encourages Prevention and Awareness-

(Englewood, NJ, March 5, 2013) – Routine colonoscopies may reduce a person’s risk of developing advanced colon cancer by up to 70 percent, according to a new study published in the March 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. These latest findings come as National Colorectal Awareness Month gets underway.

Researchers analyzed the health data of more than 1,000 average-risk adults between the ages of 55 and 85 to determine the effect of screening colonoscopy – used to examine the large intestine – or sigmoidoscopy – used to examine the rectum and lower area of the colon. The study shows colonoscopy is linked to a significantly lower risk of developing hard-to-detect cancers on the right side of the colon, in addition to the reduction in overall risk.

Barry Zingler, MD, Chief of Gastroenterology at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, says this new data emphasizes the importance of early detection and diagnosis.

“Colorectal cancer usually begins as a polyp in the colon that causes no symptoms,” explained Dr. Zingler. “Early screening with colonoscopy can detect and remove these polyps. In addition, colon cancer can be eradicated surgically when caught in its early stages. We want to deliver the best treatment options and outcomes, which is why we urge patients to take the routine screening guidelines very seriously.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer is the second deadliest disease of its kind, with an estimated 137,000 new cases and 52,000 deaths every year. The CDC recommends routine colonoscopies for people over the age of 50 and high-risk patients with polyps, Crohn’s Disease or a family history of colon cancer as a way to reduce those statistics.

Patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer can benefit from the high level of expertise and advanced technology at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, where its team of surgeons use the latest in laparoscopic and robotic techniques to remove cancer.

“Minimally invasive procedures allow for better outcomes, less pain, and a shorter recovery period,” said Dr. Zingler. “Our state-of-the-art equipment and multidisciplinary approach allow us to give our patients the best possible chance to survive the disease. We want to see every patient go on to lead a long, healthy life.”

For more information on cancer care at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center visit www.bestoncologydocs.com or www.englewoodhospital.com.

Source: HealthDay

About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.