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ASHLAND, Ky. – Although colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States, there is a surprising lack of knowledge about the disease.

The public will have the opportunity to learn more about colorectal cancer from three King’s Daughters Medical Center experts during a special Question and Answer Session beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Health Education Center Auditorium, Lexington Avenue Parking Garage.

Gastroenterologists Morris Beebe, M.D., and Arthur Gaing, M.D., will join surgeon Khalid Shalaby, M.D., to provide individuals with the most recent information on risk factors, symptoms, screenings and treatment options.

“Since the mid-1980s, increased awareness, screening and improved treatment options have greatly improved the colon cancer survival rate increase,” Jessica Bryant, gastroenterology office lead, said. “We encourage any person who has questions about colon cancer and treatment options to come to our session. It may save their lives.”

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. For more information call 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).

KDMC is a locally controlled, not-for-profit, 465-bed regional referral center, offering comprehensive cardiac, vascular, medical, surgical, maternity, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, cancer, neurological, pain care, wound care and home care services. For additional information, visit us online at kdmc.com or call 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).

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