Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) April 01, 2014

Every March healthcare professionals around the country recognize Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to spreading information about the importance of colon cancer screening. Payman Khorrami, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist at La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles sees patients at the Colonoscopy Center of Excellence, a division of La Peer Health Systems that strongly supports Colon Cancer Awareness.

“Colon Cancer Awareness month is important because it reminds people that proper colon cancer screening saves lives,” said Dr. Khorrami.

La Peer Health Systems’ Gastroenterologist Talks about Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Payman Khorrami, MD, a gastroenterologist in Beverly Hills discusses the importance of Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

It is estimated that around 140,000 new patients are diagnosed with colon cancer every year, and 50,000 patients die from colon cancer every year. This makes it the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

“Some people think that colon cancer only affects men,” said Dr. Khorrami,” but in fact, that isn’t true. Women are also at risk and should be screened.”

The current guidelines suggest that those who are 50 or older get screened. African Americans should be screened at 45 and those with a family history should be screened ten years in advance of the age their family member was diagnosed. Colon cancer screening works by identifying colon polyps and removing them before they potentially turn cancerous.

“I urge everyone to take time during Colon Cancer Awareness month to get screened and remind friends and loved ones to do so as well,” said Dr. Khorrami. “Screening can help prevent colon cancer and lead to early detection, which improves the odds of survival.”

Payman Khorrami, MD is a board-certified gastroenterologist (GI doctor) at La Peer Health Systems. His practice offers comprehensive annual physical examinations; school, work, and executive physicals; EKG, lab tests, treadmill, echocardiogram, mammogram, ultrasounds and other tests; adult vaccinations; male and female cancer screening; nutritional counseling for weight loss or weight gain, evaluation and referral for bariatric (weight loss) surgery, immigration applicant medical examinations, gastrointestinal specialty consultations; endoscopy and colonoscopy; and geriatric healthcare.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 50 world-renowned physicians in 14 specialties, comprehensive medical treatment is offered that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. The 14 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, thoracic surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer’s unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.

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