Dear Faculty and Staff,
Colorectal cancer screening can save YOUR life. One in every 20 people will develop colorectal cancer, and the majority of deaths from this cancer would be avoided if everyone age 50 or older was screened. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths and a colonoscopy is the most effective way to diagnose and even prevent colorectal cancer. As a screening procedure, colonoscopy is performed even for people without any symptoms or complaints and it can PREVENT colon cancer.
The University of Miami’s preventive care benefits include a FREE annual in-network colonoscopy for UM/Aetna plan members beginning at age 50 or earlier for higher risk individuals. A family history of colon cancer or colon polyps might put you at high risk. For more information, visit www.miami.edu/benefits.
At UHealth, you have the resources provided by the Division of Gastroenterology. These nine board-certified UHealth doctors are here for you – to discuss risk factors and to develop the best preventive strategy. These strategies include risk stratification, regular screenings, genetic evaluation if needed, and dietary counseling. Our doctors perform more than 2,500 colonoscopies each year. In addition to clinical expertise, our advanced research team is defining the role bacteria play in colon cancer, describing why inflammation increases the risk of colon cancer, and investigating innovative methods of colon cancer diagnosis.
If cancers are identified, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s world-renowned specialists offer leading-edge treatment options for colon cancer.
Remember, if you are over 50 or have other risk factors, don’t delay. Schedule your colorectal cancer screening today by calling UHealth Connect at 305-243-CARE (2273).
The best of health to you, your family, and loved ones.
Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D. Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean,
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
CEO, University of Miami Health System
David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A.
Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs
CMO, University of Miami Health System
CEO, UHealth Physician Practice