Guest Opinion: Scope it out!


by Wen-yu Vicky Haines, MD, FACS, general surgeon

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Winona Health is lit up in blue to remind us that colon cancer is very preventable!

As a Winona Health general surgeon, I see the life-saving benefit of colon cancer screening.

Colon cancer is the second most deadly cancer in the US. In 1992 there were 24 deaths due to colon cancer for every 10,000 people, and in 2015, for every 10,000 people there were only 14 deaths due to colon cancer.

The dramatic decrease of colon cancer cases and related deaths is due to screening.


There are multiple ways of screening for colon cancer. Talk to your doctor to find the best one for you.

A colonoscopy gets rid of precancerous polyps, so this screening really does save lives. Discuss this with your doctor — you can be sure we’ll take care of you every step of the way.


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