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Don’t Be a Sitting Duck for Colon Cancer

ETMC takes aim at colon cancer with free forum noon, Tuesday, Sept. 14 in the ETMC Pavilion.

A view inside the digestive system will be provided at the next free ETMC KnowledgeFirst forum at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 14 in the ETMC Pavilion, 801 Clinic Drive. David Lundy, M.D. will be the speaker as part of the ETMC Digestive Disease Center’s ongoing effort to fight colon cancer.

Dr. Lundy, a gastroenterologist from the digestive disease center, will use a special model of the digestive system and colon to demonstrate the technology used in screenings that can detect colon cancer early or help prevent colon cancer. His presentation is entitled “The Importance of Colonoscopy”

“The standard of care for colon cancer screening has changed,” noted Karen Cranford, RN, KnolwedgeFirst coordinator. “People need to understand that it is now recommended that everyone get a baseline colonoscopy at the age of 50.”

Many people avoid these screenings because they fear the discomfort of a colonoscopy. “Dr. Lundy will attempt to remove some of the fear with his demonstration,” Ms. Cranford said.

Colonoscopy is one of the few screening procedures that actually prevents cancer. Unlike other screening methods which provide early detection of cancer, colonoscopy allows GI specialists to remove precancerous polyps before the cancer actually develops. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in Americans. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 106,370 new cases of colon cancer this year and 40,570 new cases of rectal cancer.

A light lunch will be provided.

Pre-registration is requested but not required. To pre-register please call (800) 648-8141.

Limited parking is available in the lot next to the Pavilion. Additional parking is available in the Lake Street lot with complimentary shuttle service.

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