A Colonoscopy Can Save Your Life


Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital presents a free program by Edward S. Bentley, M.D.


Public Invited to Attend Observance of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


In recognition of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) is sponsoring a free public program “You Could Save Your Life with a Colonoscopy” presented by Edward S. Bentley, M.D.



“You Could Save Your Life
with a Colonoscopy”

Edward S. Bentley, M.D.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014



Doors open at 5:30 p.m.;
Presentation at 6:00 p.m.
Wildling Museum
2nd floor meeting room

1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang


Dr. Bentley, a gastroenterologist, explained, “Over a lifetime, one in 18 people get colon cancer. When detected through screening in patients that have no symptoms, it is highly curable. It is also one of the few cancers that can be prevented by identifying and removing pre- cancerous polyps. Colonoscopy is the most effective screening test for diagnosing early colon cancers and detecting and removing pre- cancerous polyps. Colonoscopies can definitely save lives.”


According to the Centers for Disease Control, among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy states that colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 50. However, if you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps, or if you have other risk factors, screening should begin before age 50. A 2012 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed the death rate from colon cancer was reduced by 53 percent for patients who had a colonoscopy and had pre-cancerous polyps removed.


Edward S. Bentley, M.D.

Dr. Bentley, along with Thomas V. Aguirre, M.D., Donald T. Rink, M.D., and Gary M. Van Deventer, M.D., all currently practice at the SYVCH Physicians Clinic and perform colonoscopies at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang. Appointments to see specialists and to have a colonoscopy at SYVCH can be scheduled by calling 805-686-3961.