Keep colorectal health a priority, even in uncertain times

Screenings set to resume in May

Typically during March, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we take time to draw attention to the importance of early detection and routine screenings in determining good outcomes.

Unfortunately colorectal awareness had to take a back seat to the health crisis currently gripping the United States and the entire globe, as the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus necessitated an unprecedented response from healthcare leaders and governments.

However, Longstreet Clinic physicians including Fernando Aycinena M.D., FACS, FASCRS, want to remind you that, once we have overcome the worst of  COVID-19 in 2020, it is important to put colorectal health back at the forefront of your mind.

Longstreet Clinic general surgeons are planning to resume screening colonoscopies in May and are currently utilizing telehealth appointments to offer patients a safe way to schedule those vital procedures which were put on hold earlier this spring – though they will adjust as warranted as this unprecedented health crisis continues to develop.

“Because of the situation with coronavirus and social distancing and safety measures put into place, we did not do many colorectal screening tests this past month,” Dr. Aycinena said. “But I want to make sure that people understand that, just because we are in the midst of a pandemic, your colorectal health is not just something you can or should forget about.”

Learn more about why maintaining colorectal health, including but not limited to getting screening colonoscopies, is so important.

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