March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Like all cancers, no one knows exactly what causes it. Colorectal cancer begins as abnormal cells on the lining of the colon or rectum, called adenomatous polyps. These polyps are initially benign, but have the potential to become malignant. Because the transformation of non-cancerous polyps to cancerous polyps is usually slow-occurring over several years, they don’t produce many recognizable symptoms until it is too late.

free colonoscopyFortunately, when found in the early stages, colorectal cancer is highly treatable and in many cases, preventable. Adults ages 50 and older should begin receiving regular colon screenings. People with a family history of colon cancer should discuss screenings at an earlier age with their doctor. Scheduling regular screenings is the primary way to discover colorectal cancer in its early and most treatable stages.

To support Colon Cancer Awareness, Premier Medical Group is supporting Premier Cares Foundation’s 6th Annual “Challenge Your Colon” Chili Festival. On March 26, 2017 at Villa Borghese, local restaurants will sample their prize chili recipes and feature other foods such as cheese, salsa, cornbread, and dessert. All funds raised for this event will go to support local charities to offer services for patients with gastrointestinal disease, including colorectal cancer. To purchase tickets, click here.

To further support Colon Cancer Awareness, we want you to “Tell Us Your Story”. At Premier Medical Group, we care about our community. That’s why our physicians are donating a day of free colonoscopy screenings for those in need. Simply click on the link below,  share your story, and you will be eligible to receive a free colonoscopy screening. You must complete the form before March 31, 2017 in order to be eligible. The winners will be contacted in the first week of April.


For more information, please contact Heidi Hannon at 845.451.7267 or

Premier Medical Group also offers these comprehensive services that you may find useful throughout the Hudson Valley:

  • Colonoscopy (Lower GI endoscopy)
  • Endoscopy (Upper GI endoscopy)
  • Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • 48-Hour pH Probe Study (BRAVO)
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Esophageal Manometry
  • 24-Hour pH Impedance
  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Hydrogen Breath Testing
  • Hepatitis B (Patient education & training)
  • Hepatitis C (Patient education & training)
  • Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B
  • HALO Ablation therapy (Barrx)


  • Poughkeepsie
  • Kingston
  • Fishkill
  • New Windsor
  • Newburgh