Dr. Rocky Yapp Speaks About Colon Cancer & Prevention

Hi, my name is Rocky Yapp. I’m a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist working with Digestive Health Services and GI Partners of Illinois.

Colon Cancer is one of the most common cancer killers in the country. In 2014, the CDC said there are over a hundred and forty thousand patients diagnosed with Colon Cancer. That same year, over fifty-one thousand people died of complications of Colon Cancer. Now, this is tragic because almost all colon cancers are preventable if you would follow recommended guidelines.

Now we at our office and many Gastroenterologists across the country have prevented diagnosis to help treat thousands of colon cancers. We at our practice are dedicated to the American Cancer Society mission of screening effectively screening eighty percent of patients that need to be screened by 2018. We know this will have a profound effect and save thousands of lives if we are successful in completing American Cancer Society’s mission.

Now today more than ever there are ways to help detect and prevent Colon Cancer. The Colonoscopy, most of you’ve heard of, is the most common way and traditional ways. Both fast, effective, extremely safe, and also not only detects Colon Cancer, but can also prevent Colon Cancer. But there are other ways to help diagnose and prevent Colon Cancer as well. The Screen Colonoscopy is one of the most important ways, but still testing still genetic testing, and recently improved Colon Capsule, are other ways in which we can get Colon Cancer screening effectively.

Talk to your doctor or Gastroenterologist, he’d be glad to discuss all these measures. But if you’re over 50, or if you have risk factors for Colon Cancer with family history of Colon Cancer or personal history of Polyps or family through Polyps, please get evaluated. Your Family Physician or Gastroenterologist would be glad to discuss it with you. It could save your life. Thank you very much.


Take the preventative steps to protect yourself from Colon Cancer. Schedule your appointment at Digestive Health Services, S.C. at our Downers Grove or Hinsdale office - conveniently located near Chicago.