Early Detection Colonoscopy Screenings Saves Lives

Colon cancer is one of the most preventable causes of cancer-related deaths. Early detection, such as colonoscopy screenings, can help by detecting and removing precancerous growths early. Waiting to schedule your colonoscopy could be a dangerous gamble.

Tom Vohs, formerly of Paola, Kan., put his routine colonoscopy off just about as long as he could. His primary care doctor had recommended he have one performed when he was 50 years old, as recommended by the American Cancer Society. But Tom just kept avoiding scheduling the appointment.

"When my boss, who was 10 years younger than me, did it, I knew I could do it," Tom said.

At the age of 60, Tom scheduled his colonoscopy with Daniel R. Perry, MD, general surgeon at Miami County Medical Center, in December of 2012. During the procedure, Dr. Perry discovered a large polyp and recommended Tom have a right hemicolectomy to have it removed. In January 2013, Tom underwent surgery to remove the large polyp. After surgery, Tom learned he had colon cancer.

"Tom's case is good evidence of how important early detection of colon cancer can be," Dr. Perry said. "If he had come in at the age of 50, the polyp could have been discovered much earlier and removed during the colonoscopy. We are very fortunate that Tom had a good outcome."

Tom's cancer was confined to the colon and had not spread to his lymph nodes. Ever since Tom's surgery earlier this year, he has been doing great. Of course, Tom felt fine before the colonoscopy. He had no signs or symptoms of having colon cancer.

"Early detection is key to survival with this," Tom said. "If I had the procedure done when I was supposed to, it wouldn't have been such a big deal."

Schedule a Colonoscopy Screening

Routine colorectal cancer screenings, such as colonoscopies, are recommended for both men and women, 50 years of age and older. Early detection saves lives, especially with colon cancer, which is one of the most preventable causes of cancer-related deaths. Call to schedule a colonoscopy screening at one of our convenient locations listed below.

G.I. Specialists,
Olathe Medical Center
Stella G. Quiason, MD
Ashok Attaluri, MD

Midwest Surgical Associates,
Olathe Medical Center
Craig A. Anderson, MD
Kathleen M. Blake, MD
Michael P. Davoren, MD
Dawn H. Jones, MD
Elizabeth K. Long, MD
Harlan L. Opie, MD

Gastrointestinal Associates,
Olathe Medical Center

Miami County Surgical Associates,
Miami County Medical Center
Daniel R. Perry, MD