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Doctors Encouraging Patients To Get Health Screenings

With January underway, many people are focusing on New Year’s resolutions. Some people want to quit smoking, some people want to lose some weight, while others just want to spend more time with their loved ones. For those people that want to lose weight or even get healthier one way that you can do this is by getting a health screen. Doctor Omar Khokhar, a gastroenterologist with OSF Healthcare St Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, says that simple screenings can save lives and it all starts by being proactive.

 

 

Doctors are concerned that colon and rectal cancers are on the rise in America. According to the American Cancer Society since 1994, colon and rectal cancers have increased by 51% among adults under the age of 50. 

 

Dr. Khokhar says that while screenings are important, knowing your family history is important as well but you should always talk to your regular doctor if you have any concerns.

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