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Doctors discuss screening options during Colon Cancer Awareness Month

A colonoscopy isn't the only option when it comes to screenings. Doctors say there are other options. (SBG photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Oregon health officials want the public to stay informed.

Saturday, Springfield medical organizations hosted the first annual colon cancer event at PacificSource Health Plans in Springfield.

Doctors were there to raise awareness about what they say is a preventable form of cancer.

One doctor said colon cancer has declined in Oregon as more people get colon cancer screenings.

Health officials say early detection is key.

“A lot of people think, 'Oh a colonoscopy, that's like a pretty invasive procedure,’ or ‘I’m going to have to go have a camera and that’s going to be really uncomfortable.’ So there’s other types of screenings,” said Chelsea Hammers from PacificSource Health Plans.

Hammers said to check with your primary care physician about other screening options besides a colonoscopy.

Doctors recommend getting screened for colon cancer around the age of 40.

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