Colorectal Cancer Information Fair on March 18
March 10, 2010
On Thursday, March 18, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) will hold a colorectal cancer screening information fair and is encouraging anyone over 50, or anyone over 40 with a history of the disease in their family, to attend and learn more about screening and treatment options. The event is being sponsored by Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
The information fair will be held from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the South Mall Area near the Main Entrance Rotunda. The event is free, no pre-registration is required and a hearty buffet lunch will be available. Attendees can receive a free personalized risk analysis and learn about screening options and prevention tips.
Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The risk of developing colorectal cancer also increases with advancing age. More than 90 percent of cases occur in people over age 50.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that as many as 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if all men and women aged 50 years or older were screened routinely. In most cases, colorectal cancer develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer, and can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.
For more details, you can go to www.dhmc.org/colon. If you're interested in scheduling a colonoscopy, you can call (603) 650-5030.
For more information contact Kat Barrell at (603) 653-1916.