The Digestive Center and Community Health Department at Overlook Hospital will offer a free seminar on colon cancer from 9:30am to 11:00am on Saturday, March 13, 2010,. The program, "Colon Cancer: Preventable, Treatable, Beatable," is being presented as part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which is held throughout March. Overlook experts Julie Lorber, MD, Colorectal Surgeon, and Amber Khan, MD, Gastroenterologist, will be the featured speakers at the event. The event will also offer a free continental breakfast, free screening kits, prizes and giveaways.
Colorectal cancer, which includes cancer of the colon or rectum, is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is also is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States, with more than 90 percent of cases occurring in people 50 years old or older. As many as 60 percent of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided with regular screenings of people 50 or older, according to the CDC.
The event will take place at Overlook's Wallace Auditorium, 99 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit, NJ. To reserve a seat, please call 1-800-247-9580.