Toms River, NJ, March 4, 2015 -- In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Community Medical Center is offering two free community education programs to raise awareness about prevention, early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer.
Although once considered an older person's disease, one in ten people diagnosed with colon cancer are under the age of 50, according to the Colon Cancer Alliance. A symposium, "Colorectal Cancer: are you at risk?" will offer information for adults of all ages on risk factors and screening and treatment options. The program will be held Tuesday, March 24, 5:30 pm at the Clarion Hotel, 815 Rt. 37 West, Toms River.
Featured speakers include Paul J. DeMartino, MD, FACG, who will discuss "Am I Too Young to Have Colorectal Cancer?". Dr. De Martino, a gastroenterologist, has been the Chair of the hospital's Colorectal Cancer Awareness Fair for the past 11 years. In addition, colorectal cancer screening options will be discussed by Eric J. Eschinger, MD, gastroenterologist, and Jane Park, MD, surgeon, David D'Ambrosio, MD, radiation oncologist, and Sara McGee, MD, oncologist, will provide an overview of the surgical, radiation and chemotherapy treatment options for colon cancer respectively.
The program is free, but pre-registration is required. Please call 1.888.724.7123. A light dinner will be provided.
The hospital's 11th Annual Colon Cancer Awareness Fair will be also be held Tuesday, March 24 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Outpatient Lobby. Participants will have the opportunity to meet nurses and physicians who will be available throughout the day to answer questions. Health care professionals will present information on risk factors, the importance of early detection and nutritional considerations pertaining to colorectal cancer. There will also be a colonoscopy demonstration and tours. The event is free and light refreshments will be available. Free parking is available for fair attendees.
For more information or for referral to a Community Medical Center physician, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit www.barnabashealth.org/community..