Colorectal cancer, meaning cancer of the colon and/or rectum, is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States and the second leading cause in men.
"Fortunately, it is almost entirely preventable when a gastroenterologist detects precancerous polyps through screening and removes them before they become cancerous," said Dr. Jonathan Finegold, WESTMED gastroenterologist.
Average-risk individuals can choose one of the following options for colorectal cancer screening: fecal occult blood test, the stool DNA test, colonoscopy (which allows a doctor to look inside the entire large intestine for a polyp or cancer), flexible sigmoidoscopy (for which the doctor looks at the lower parts of the colon for signs of polyps or cancer), and double-contrast barium enema.
"In addition to providing all the standard general diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic evaluations, such as colonoscopy, the WESTMED Gastroenterology Department offers patients the latest and most up-to-date advanced GI diagnostic and therapeutic services," Dr. Finegold said.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) encourages everyone ages 50 years and older to reduce their risk for colorectal cancer by getting screened early and regularly. The ACS advises high-risk individuals--those with a family member under the age of 60 who has a history of colorectal polyps or cancer--to use colonoscopy as their screening method of choice.
WESTMED's gastroenterologists are: At Ridge Hill in Yonkers: Drs. Charles Koczka, James Ehrlich, Jonathan Finegold and Nancy Chung. Phone: (914) 831-6820. At 3030 Westchester Avenue in Purchase, Drs. Steven Fink, Andrew Francella (who also sees patients at 171 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle), Alan Jaffe, Alissa Mark, Ana Tuyama, Hashem J. Hashem and Jonathan Potack. Phone: (914) 682-6466.
WESTMED's colorectal surgeon is Evan Krakovitz. His office is at 3030 Westchester Avenue, and his phone number is (914) 682-6557.