5 Things You Should Know About Colorectal Cancer

At Mary’s Center, we love to help our participants maintain their health and do as much as they can to prevent disease. That’s why we’re spreading the message about the importance of screening to prevent colorectal cancer (a cancer that starts in the colon or rectum) or detect it early.

Join us for our Crucial Catch Day, in partnership with the National Football League (NFL) and the  American Cancer Society, on Wednesday October 25, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

The event will be held at our Petworth location (3912 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC 20011) ad will feature interactive health education, information on how to access health insurance & screening exams, healthy snacks, prizes  and much more! For more information about Crucial Catch Day, please call 202-420-7113. We hope to see you there.

In the meantime, here are some important facts our internist, Dr. Ashley Harris, would like you to know about colorectal cancer.

1.    Colorectal cancer is COMMON.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in BOTH men and women.  About 135,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the US in 2017.

2.    Colorectal cancer is DEADLY.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer. An estimated 50,000 people will die of colorectal cancer this year in the US.

3.    Colorectal cancer is PREVENTABLE.

Colonoscopies can PREVENT cancer, by removing polyps from the intestine that can develop into cancers. Fecal testing can help in early detection of colorectal cancer, but only if done EVERY YEAR.

EVERYONE over age 50 should be screened for colorectal cancer!

4.    Colorectal cancer screening is AVAILABLE and AFFORDABLE at all Mary’s Center clinics.

Colonoscopies and fecal tests are covered by insurance companies. If you live in Maryland, and you don’t have insurance, the test is free.

5.    Colorectal cancer may be ASYMPTOMATIC.

Symptoms may include blood in stool, abdominal pain, and change in bowel habits, but many people have no symptoms, so it is important to get screened.

Don’t wait for symptoms!  If you are age 50 or older, and have not been screened, call Mary’s Center to schedule an appointment today! Our appointment Line, 1-844-796-2797, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Dr. Ashley HarrisAbout Dr. Ashley Harris

Ashley Harris, MD, MHS is an Internist at Mary’s Center. She attended Georgetown Medical School, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. After completing a fellowship in General Internal Medicine, during which she focused on research to improve health disparities among low income women, Dr. Harris joined the staff at Mary’s Center in September 2015, and sees patients at the Montgomery County and Prince George’s County locations.



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