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MetroWest Medical Center is proud to be named One of America’s Best Coronary Intervention Hospitals for 2023 by Healthgrades! This distinction places us in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for coronary intervention. We are also a 5 star recipient for our treatment of respiratory failure and a 5 star recipient for treatment of sepsis for 11 years in a row.

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Welcome to MetroWest Medical Center.  Our two hospitals in Natick and Framingham offer advanced diagnostic and treatment options for a wide range of healthcare needs. We have been serving our community for over 125 years, and we are committed to providing high quality, compassionate care, at a location close to home.

Whether you come to our hospitals for emergency care, to receive cancer treatment, for surgery, to share the birth of your baby with us, or for any other medical need, you can expect to receive excellent, comprehensive care from our highly skilled, award winning, physicians and staff. We are committed to earning the trust of every patient, family, and community member that walks through our doors by ensuring that our care meets the highest possible standards of care, every time.

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MetroWest Medical Center Raising Awareness about Colorectal Cancer Month

Mar 24, 2023

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and MetroWest Medical Center is raising awareness of this potentially life-threatening disease. The good news is that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable.

What is colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is a disease characterized by the unchecked division of abnormal cells in the colon or rectum. The colon and rectum (colorectum), along with the anus, make up the large intestine, the final segment of the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Most colorectal cancers start as a growth, or polyp, on the inner lining of the colon or rectum.

The Stats

While an uncommon topic of conversation, it’s important to talk about and to get screened. Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer (after prostate, breast and lung) diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates the following statistics for colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2020:

  • 104,610 new cases of colon cancer
  • 43,340 new cases of rectum cancer

Screenings are important

Many lifestyle-related factors have been linked to colorectal cancer. The links between diet, weight and exercise and colorectal cancer risk are some of the strongest for any type of cancer.

“Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the best ways for preventing colorectal cancer. With regular screening, most polyps can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn up into cancer,” said Dr. Steven Fine, Chief of Gastroenterology for MetroWest Medical Center.

Men and women aged 45 or older, should start getting screened for colorectal cancer. There’s an increase in colorectal cancer cases that are impacting patients in their 20’s and 30’s. The reasoning for this increase may be related to dietary changes. For example, high fat diets from an early age alter bacteria in the intestines that may predispose to cancer. The same occurs with low fiber diets – meaning lacking fruit and grains – which may alter the healthy bacteria in the intestines.

There are currently no formal screening guidelines for colorectal cancer patients in their 20’s and 30’s, except in the instance of a strong family history, a known genetic mutation or history of intestinal polyposis. A genetic DNA test may be an alternative screening.

Listen to your body

Colorectal cancer might not cause symptoms right away. If it does, it may cause one or more of these symptoms:

  • Change in bowel habits that last more than a few days
  • Feeling that you need to have bowel movement that’s not relieved by having one
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
  • Cramping or abdominal pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss

“It’s important to know many of these symptoms can be caused by conditions other than colorectal cancer,” Dr. Fine explained. “Still, if you have any of these problems, it’s important to see your doctor right away. Early screening and detection of colorectal cancer is crucial.”

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