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'Walk with a doc' focused on colorectal awareness in March

Posted: 9:25 PM, Mar 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-18 10:38:47Z

TEMPLE — Walk with a Doc, a monthly event hosted by Baylor Scott and White, is in effort to ensure Central Texans are taking the right steps in order to keep themselves healthy. It is free to the public.

In honor of March being Colorectal Awareness Month, gastroenterologist came to discuss the importance of screenings, healthy diets and an active lifestyle.

Doctor Dawn Sears, a Division Director of Gastroentrology at Baylor Scott and White said in the last week alone, she has diagnosed a single case of colon cancer and prevented seven others by removing tumorous growths, or polyps. She explained:

"90% of the time if we find colon cancer before there are symptoms, we're able to cure it, because we're able to find it at stage one, where just a simple surgery gets rid of it. If we wait until the person has symptoms like rectal bleeding or weight loss or changes in their bowel habits, then we usually find it when there's only a 10% cure rate"
Dr. Dawn Sears

Baylor Scott and White Gastroentrologist and VP of Medical Affairs, Doctor Andre Avots explained,

"Colon cancer is the one cancer that we can truly prevent...the best way to do this is screening ... Get screened, get screened, if you need to get a screening get screens, stay up to date on screening and that will make all the difference in the world"
Dr. Andre Avots

For information on upcoming Walk with a Doc events visit