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Mercy Regional Cancer Center Hosts FREE Colorectal Cancer Awareness Event
Port Huron, MI…March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and its Mercy Regional Cancer Center are pleased to host a FREE community education event, titled: “Understanding Colorectal Cancer”. The presentation is designed to offer community residents information about risk factors, screening guidelines, diagnostic testing and surgical intervention, as well as ways to maintain good nutrition and balance to keep residents healthy for life. The program will include special guest appearances by Bassam Nasr, MD, gastroenterologist; Kimberley Clark-Paul, MD, surgeon; and Registered Dietitian Pat Ripari, of St. Joseph Mercy’s Food and Nutrition Services.
“Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the U.S. and is the third leading cause of cancer death for men and women,” comments Lynn Landschoot, RN, Manager of the St. Joseph Mercy Outpatient Surgery Center. “This informational program is designed to educate the community of the different options available for screening and treatment as well as tips on healthy eating, including a high-fiber diet.”
The event will be held Tuesday, March 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, located at 2601 Electric Avenue, Port Huron, MI, in the Baggot Street Café. With refreshments, including hors d’oeuvres, giveaways and recipes, the event is free to the public.
Colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as colon cancer) almost always starts with a polyp – a small growth on the lining of the colon or rectum. It is preventable, treatable and beatable, by finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous; and it is highly treatable if found in its early stages.
There are steps community residents can take to reduce the risk of colon cancer:
• Begin screening at age 50, or before age 50 if there is a strong family history
• Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active. Eat a well-balanced diet that is high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Limit consumption of red meat and processed meat.
• Limit alcohol consumption to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women, quit or avoid smoking.
To learn more about the award-winning Mercy Regional Cancer Center and its full-range of programs and services, visit St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron online at: mymercy.us. For more information regarding this event or to make a reservation to attend, call toll-free 1-888-MERCYME (1-888-637-2963).
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St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.