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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day to discuss how to prevent, treat and beat colorectal cancer

Among men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country. However, it doesn’t have to stay this way.

Join gastroenterologists Morris W. Beebe, M.D., and Arthur Gaing, M.D., as well as colorectal surgeon Mariano Faresi, M.D., for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day. Learn about the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer, the importance of screenings and what you can do to combat this serious disease.

This free educational session takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at KDMC Health Education Center Room 5 in the lower level of the Lexington Avenue parking garage, 2201 Lexington Ave., Ashland.

“Colorectal cancer is the most preventable, beatable cancer if detected early,” said Dr. Beebe. “That’s why this event is so crucial to the education of our community.”

There are several risk factors for colorectal cancer, including:

  • Family history – people with a family history of colorectal cancer have a greater risk of being diagnosed with the disease and should be screened more frequently.
  • Age – while younger people can be diagnosed, the risk increases significantly after age 50.
  • Personal health history – people with type 2 diabetes as well as those with a history of colorectal polyps and inflammatory bowel disease are at increased risk.
  • Lifestyle factors – a diet high in animal fat and processed meats, obesity, smoking, lack of exercise and heavy alcohol use can increase your chances of getting colorectal cancer.

This event is open to anyone, although reservations are requested. Reserve your seat by calling 1-888-377-KDMC (5362). Refreshments will be provided. Convenient parking is available in the lot at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 22nd Street, next to the KDMC Human Resources building.

 

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