Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

March 15, 2012

Nugent marks Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Last year, colon cancer caused more than 50,000 deaths in the U.S., taking the lives of 1,160 Hoosiers. As March marks "Colon Cancer Awareness Month," State Senator Johnny Nugent (R-Lawrenceburg) asks all Hoosiers to remember that early detection is key to survival.

"As a survivor of this disease, I can tell you that finding my cancer at an early stage saved my life," Nugent said. "I encourage folks to have

colonoscopies. The process is relatively painless and well worth the time because of the peace of mind you receive."

Nugent said the month of March is set aside to raise awareness of both the disease and of the importance of having a colonoscopy. Although the number of Hoosier colon cancer deaths decreased by 50 percent from 2010, he added that it's imperative to continually work to bring those numbers down.

"There are very few obvious signs in the early stages of colon cancer, making colonoscopies extremely valuable," Nugent said.

Steps can also be taken to help limit the chances of getting colon cancer: Maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising regularly, refraining from the use of tobacco products and eating properly. Major risk factors include age Ñ nine out of 10 diagnosed are older than 50 Ñ and a family history of the disease.