Colorectal Cancer

Love Life! Get a Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It is equally common in men and women. An estimated 148,810 people will be diagnosed this year, and an estimated 49,960 people will die from the disease. With early detection it is also one of the most preventable cancers because it develops from polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous. It's important to know your risk and get a colonoscopy screening.

The physicians of Greenville Health System  encourage you to schedule a colonoscopy through your primary care physician or by calling (864) 679-6869.  GHS offers colonoscopy screening by open access.  Open Access allows you to schedule your colon cancer screening without a pre-procedure office visit - saving you time and money.  To see if you qualify for an open access colonoscopy, simply call (864) 679-6869. It's that simple... and it could save your life!

 Early detection of colorectal cancer saved this couple's lives. View this video featuring Winifred and John Lykes.

Know Your Risk

  • Men and women age 50 and older
  • People who use tobacco, are obese and are sedentary
  • People with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or benign (not cancerous) colorectal polyps
  • People with a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, such as long-standing ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
  • People with a family history of inherited colorectal cancer

Have your primary care physician refer you to one of the following Greenville Health System University Medical Group physicians to schedule your colonoscopy in Greenville or Spartanburg:

George A. Blestel Jr., MD         Colon & Rectal Surgery
Jay A. Crockett, MD                  Colon & Rectal Surgery
Patrick J. Culumovic, MD        Colon &  Rectal Surgery
Cedrek L. McFadden, MD     Colon & Rectal Surgery
James C. Rex, MD                  Colon & Rectal Surgery
James A. Robbins, MD          Colon &  Rectal Surgery

Matthew L. Areford, MD           General Surgery

Joseph A. Camunas, MD           General Surgery
Brian W. Dach, MD                  General Surgery
Timothy L. Dersch, MD            General Surgery
Richard H. Gettys Jr., MD      General Surgery

Benjamin M. Manning, MD   General Surgery
Eric S. McGill, MD                 General Surgery
Richard E. Moretz, MD         General Surgery
John M. Rinkliff, MD             General Surgery
Dane E. Smith, MD                General Surgery
Bradley M. Snow, MD           General Surgery
John T. Tate, MD                   General Surgery
Derek S. Watson, MD            General Surgery
Joseph H. Wentzky, MD        General Surgery
Thomas O. Young, MD          General Surgery

 W. Beets, MD                            Carolina Gastroenterology Associates
Albert G. Fedalei, MD             Carolina Gastroenterology Associates
Lawrence J. Hartley, MD      Gastroenterology Consultants of Internal Medicine 
                                                  Associates of Greenville
Sumodh C. Kalathil, MD       Gastroenterology Consultants of Internal Medicine 
                                                  Associates of Greenville

Ali M. Yazdy, MD                   Gastroenterology Consultants of Internal Medicine
                                                  Associates of Greenville
Navid Madani, MD                UMG Gastroenterology

Know the Symptoms
Rectal bleeding or blood in or on the stool

  • Change in bowel habits or stools that are narrower than usual
  • Stomach discomfort (bloating, fullness or cramps)
  • Diarrhea, constipation or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
  • Weight loss for no apparent reason
  • Constant fatigue
  • Vomiting


  • Surgery is the most common treatment.
  • When the cancer has spread, chemotherapy or radiation therapy is given before or after surgery.

How to Reduce your Risk By Early Detection

  • Be physically active and exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a high-fiber diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains.
  • Consume calcium-rich foods like low-fat or skim milk.
  • Limit red meat and avoid processed meats.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Don't drink alcohol excessively.

If you are at average risk for colorectal cancer, start having regular screening at 50. If you are at greater risk, you may need to begin regular screening at an earlier age. The best time to get screened is before any symptoms appear.

If you receive a cancer diagnosis, please call GHS’ Oncology Multidisciplinary Center at (864) 455-4YOU (4968). We are here for you and would like to help.

Use this guide to help you discuss screening options with your health care professional. Consider one of the following:

Tests that find pre-cancer and cancer:
•        Colonoscopy * every 10 years
•        Flexible sigmoidoscopy * every 5 years
•        Virtual colonoscopy (CT colonography) * every 5 years
•        Double-contrast barium enema * every 5 years

Tests that mainly find cancer:
•        Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) * every year
•        Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) * every year
•        Stool DNA (sDNA) test * ask your health care professional

Any abnormal result of a virtual colonoscopy or double-contrast barium enema, as well as a positive FOBT, FIT or sDNA test, should be followed up with a colonoscopy.

Link:  Prevent Cancer Foundation