Contact: Marion Ciciarelli
Oswego Health employees dressed in blue as part of national dress in blue day on March 4th, which brings awareness to colon cancer.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The best prevention, according to Oswego Health Gastroenterologist Bishnu Sapkota is a colonoscopy. “It is the gold standard,” Dr. Sapkota said. “It is a one-stop procedure because any polyps that are discovered during the screening are removed. Colonoscopy has been shown to detect 95 percent of all large polyps that are 10 millimeters or greater in size and 75 to 85 percent of all polyps less than five millimeters in size. No other screening test approaches a colonoscopy’s ability to find polyps.”
Community members can learn more about how they can prevent colon cancer at an Ask The Doctor program provided by Dr. Sapkota at 6 p.m. on March 22nd at the Riverside Room at GS Steamers in Oswego. Reservations are encouraged by calling 349-5500.
Among those supporting the wear blue initiative are Oswego Health staff from the endoscopy department along with health system leadership. Pictured from left, Allison Flett, program assistant for Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Cancer Services; Carolyn Handville, OCO Program Manager for the Cancer Services Program of Oswego County; Allison Duggan, MD, Oswego Hospital Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Amanda Neill, RN; Chuck Gijanto, Oswego Health President and CEO; Jenny McGraw, RN; Oswego Health Gastroenterologist Bishnu Sapkota, MD; Deanna Grimshaw, RN; Sherry Cole, LPN; Mary Broadwell, LPN; and Jill Cali, RN. Each year, the endoscopy staff performs more than 3,000 colonoscopies each year.