This Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Learn About the Best Prevention, Screening Methods from D-H Experts

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Colorectal cancer is a preventable disease, and in addition, when colorectal cancer is present, finding it early leads to much better outcomes.

Lynn F. Butterly, MD

Regular screening for prevention and early detection are the best forms of protection when it comes to cancer. Colon and rectal cancers in particular are among the few cancers that can be prevented, and among the most curable forms of cancer when found early.

In an upcoming installment of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health’s (D-HH’s) Healthy Living Series of virtual webinars, two Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) experts will provide helpful information on the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancers, and answer questions from participants. Topics addressed by Lynn F. Butterly, MD, director of Colorectal Cancer Screening for D-H, and Gabriel A. Brooks, MD, a medical oncologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, will include:

  • How screenings can prevent colorectal cancer
  • Information about the different types of screening tests
  • Understanding your risk
  • Various treatment options, if cancer is found

“March is recognized nationally as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to educate people about how to protect themselves and understand their risk for colorectal cancers,” Butterly said. “Colorectal cancer is a preventable disease, and in addition, when colorectal cancer is present, finding it early leads to much better outcomes.”

“The Importance of Screening for Colorectal Cancer” will be held on Tuesday, March 22, from 6 to 7 pm. The event is free, and registration is required. To register, visit

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DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK HEALTH (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across Northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 2,400 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named in 2019 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 13 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.