Posted: Mar 3, 2014 8:18 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Mar 3, 2014 8:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - Dr. Louis Barfield from Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center drops by 2une In to tell you how you can fight the second leading cause of cancer death in Louisiana.
"Colon cancer is one of the most curable for all cancer diseases if caught early," said Dr. Barfield, colorectal surgeon and chair of the Colorectal Cancer MDC Team.
The main challenge with colon cancer is that symptoms do not appear until the later stages, which makes it harder to treat. If detected early, however, it is one of the more treatable forms of cancer.
As Dr. Barfield explained, "we've seen how early detection can save lives and it's important for people to have an in-depth conversation with their doctors about being screened." In addition to getting regular colonoscopies once you turn 50, the Cancer Center also offers free take-home kits.
To learn more about how you can get a free screening and Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, watch the video or visit the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center website.