In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Community Medical Center is holding a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Fair on Tuesday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital’s Outpatient Lobby and Auditorium.
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, prevention strategies, importance of early detection, treatment options and nutritional considerations pertaining to colorectal cancer.
Dr. Poonam Alaigh, Commissioner of Health, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services will attend the fair at 10 a.m. to discuss the importance of colorectal cancer awareness and meet health fair participants.
Former heavyweight boxer “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney, will also attend the Colorectal Cancer Awareness Fair to sign autographs and help in the fight to “Knock Out Colon Cancer.”
The event is free, and light refreshments will be available. Free parking is also available for fair participants.
Aside from skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer found in adults in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, which estimates that there will be about 108,070 new cases of colon cancer and 40,740 new cases of rectal cancer this year alone. Combined, they will cause about 50,000 deaths.
Few Americans know that regular screening tests can detect the disease in its most treatable stages. The goal of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, observed each March, is to create awareness about colorectal cancer and encourage disease prevention through regular screening and healthy living.
Colorectal cancer is a term used to refer to cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. In most cases, colorectal cancers develop slowly over a period of several years. It is known that most of these cancers begin as a polyp, or a growth of tissue in the colon or rectum. A type of polyp known as an adenoma can become cancerous but removing the polyp may prevent colorectal cancer. It is important that people practice a healthy lifestyle and go for regular screenings to detect the disease so it can be treated as early as possible.
Starting at age 50, individuals should receive a digital rectal exam (DRE) and be tested for hidden blood in the stool (fecal occult blood), annually. This test along with other screening strategies has been proven to reduce the rate of colorectal cancer. Other strategies include sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, barium enema and virtual colonoscopy.
Colonoscopies at Community Medical Center are performed under conscious sedation or monitored anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in the Special Purpose Suite.
For more information or for referral to a Community Medical Center gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon, call 1-888-724-7123.
March 22, 2011
Kristine A. Brown
Director of Public Relations
Saint Barnabas Health Care System
Community, Kimball & Monmouth Medical Centers
PH: (732) 557-3902
Cell: (732) 996-2287
FX: (732) 557-3901
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