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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Loyola Will Wear Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness

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MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine colleagues will be wearing blue on Friday, March 3 in recognition of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

The National Dress in Blue Day is held on the first Friday in March to raise awareness and educate people about colon cancer and how to reduce their risk of the disease.

Loyola also is helping raise awareness by releasing three new patient education videos on colorectal cancer screening, anal cancer screening and risk assessment for inherited colorectal cancers.

“Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States,” said Neil Gupta, MD, MPH, Loyola’s co-director of digestive health. “But it is highly preventable by participating in routine screenings such as colonoscopies.”

Colon cancer develops in the large intestine, or colon, which is the lower part of the digestive system. Rectal cancer develops in the last several inches of the colon. Together, these are referred to as colorectal cancers. Colorectal cancer most often begins when precancerous polyps develop on the inside lining of the colon. If left untreated, these benign growths can develop into cancer.

Regular screening tests help prevent colorectal cancer. Screening colonoscopies, especially among patients who have hereditary predispositions to colorectal cancer, can help identify polyps before they become colon cancer.

When scheduling a procedure, ask the physician’s adenoma detection rate. This is the proportion of the physician’s patients undergoing a screening colonoscopy in which one or more adenomas (polyps) are detected. The national benchmarks are 15 percent in women and 25 percent in men. (Loyola’s adenoma detection rate is 40 percent.)

“The higher the adenoma detection rate, the less chance you have of developing colon cancer after a colonoscopy,” said Nikhil Shastri, MD, Loyola’s medical director of gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Loyola Medicine is nationally recognized for its highly skilled team of doctors dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. The clinically integrated care team treats patients in state-of-the-art facilities, using advanced treatment options and the latest clinical research. The multidisciplinary team includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists.  

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.