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Dignity Health Central Coast Hospitals Recognize March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month

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Colorectal cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, affecting men and women of all races

Colorectal Cancer Education Session Flyer

CENTRAL COAST, CA – March 1, 2022 – Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), which are Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, recognize the significance of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. We urge community members not to delay routine colon screenings because of the pandemic.  

To help inform the community about early detection and regular screenings, Dignity Health is offering a Colorectal Cancer Educational Session via Zoom, featuring Lin Soe, MD, Hematology/Medical Oncology, on Tuesday, March 8 at 5:30pm. For more information, please see the attached flyer (button up top).

Over 75 percent of colon and rectal cancers occur in individuals with no known risk factors and they often begin with no symptoms. Dignity Health Central Coast encourages a proactive approach to intercepting this cancer in its earliest stages with regular screenings and the resources necessary to make informed health care decisions.

A colonoscopy screening is the only test available to detect and at the same time remove colon polyps. This is important because most colorectal cancers begin as benign polyps. 

Both men and women are equally at risk for colon cancer and the risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age. Screening tests for colorectal cancer should begin soon after turning 45 and continue at regular intervals or at the recommendation of a physician. Although colorectal cancer is most common among people age 50 and older, recent data shows that 10.5 percent of colorectal cancers occur in people between the ages of 45 and 49. The majority of colon cancers appear in individuals with no known risk factors, which is why regular screenings are so important.

March serves as a gentle reminder of an annual screening colonoscopy, but colon health is of great importance to us all year long.  Understanding the disease is essential for anyone who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and for those who are trying to prevent it. With early detection and regular screenings, colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable.


Dignity Health Central Coast

Dignity Health Central Coast is comprised of five hospitals, all recognized for their quality of care, safety and service, primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services and comprehensive home health services. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to provide additional funding to support new programs and services, as well as to advance the community’s access to health care.  For more information, visit:

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Tuesday, March 01, 2022