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Colon Cancer Screening and You — When and Why? at Saint Barnabas Medical Center


LIVINGSTON, NJ – During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Saint Barnabas Medical Center will hold an education program, “Colon Cancer Screening and You — When and Why?, on March 21, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, Conference Room A/B, First Floor, 200 South Orange Avenue, Livingston.

While colorectal cancer, commonly called colon cancer, is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, the good news is that it is a preventable, treatable and beatable disease. If found and treated early, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent. The best step a person can take can take to reduce their risk for colon cancer is to get screened.

In most individuals, screening should begin at the age of 50. However, other individuals may need to start earlier, such as those with risk factors that include ethnic background, family or personal history of colon polyps/cancer, or personal history of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

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The program, presented by Matthew Askin, MD, Chief of Gastroenterology, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, will address the topics of colon cancer prevention, early detection and the importance of screening. A free fecal immunochemical test (FIT) will be distributed to those who meet screening criteria.

While the program is free, pre-registration is requested by calling 973-322-2671. This event is presented in collaboration with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Screen NJ, a cancer screening, education and awareness program

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Police: Dead Body Found Face Down in Upper Montclair

March 7, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ -  The body of a 67-year-old man was recovered in upper Montclair on Friday morning near Toney's Brook in the area of upper Mountain Avenue training station.

Responding officers suspect that the man may have suffered from a medical emergency while walking toward the bus stop around 11 p.m. Thursday night. 

According to Sgt.

Valyrian Steel: Where is it All? Should We Still Care?

There is a glaring hole in recent Game of Thrones seasons that needs to be addressed: the ability of Valyrian steel to destroy White Walkers has not been acknowledged since before Jon Snow’s death.

In fact, it hasn’t been mentioned since the Season Five finale when Jon Snow reveals this discovery to Sam Tarly. Jon has cared about little more than the war between the living and ...

Health Alert: Child with Measles Traveled to Newark Airport on March 12

March 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Anyone at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, March 12 between 12:45 and 9 p.m. might have been exposed to measles and should contact their health care provider, according to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDH).

The NJDH has issued a public health alert after a child with a confirmed case of measles—a highly contagious ...

Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party Set For March 16

March 12, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - The annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party fundraiser affair is coming up.

The event, which will be held Friday, March 16 at The Grove in Cedar Grove, is focused on raising funds to support Komen’s BOLD GOAL:  to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by the year 2026, by improving access to quality and ...

Get Smart

I don’t want to be on a first name basis with my refrigerator.


Oh don’t get me wrong, I am all for cool technology—when it works—but I draw the line at talking to appliances.  I have enough trouble carrying on conversations with humans.  


But in what must be one of the truly great technological oxymorons of our time, the dawn of the ...