Mountain Vista Medical Center Holds Free Colorectal Cancer Awareness Seminar on March 14
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and doctors at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa are reminding adults over the age of 40 about the importance of regular colonoscopy screenings.
The hospital will hold a FREE Colorectal Cancer Awareness Seminar at noon on Tuesday, March 14. During the seminar, Gastroenterology Fellows Dr. Sara Ancello and Dr. Jordan Vulcano will provide tips to minimize your risk of getting colorectal cancer, identify common symptoms, and become more familiar with treatment options.
Colorectal cancer (also known as colon cancer), is the third most common type of cancer, and the third leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the United States.
Colon cancer is a preventable cancer in a significant number of patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that routine colonoscopy screenings could help prevent at least 60 percent of the deaths caused by colon cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 21 men, and 1 in 23 women, will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer during their lifetime.
Nearly 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are 50 years of age or older. However, people with a family history of colon cancer or other gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, or those experiencing symptoms should begin screening at age 40 (or about 10 years younger than the earliest diagnosis in the family.)
Anyone experiencing blood in their stool, anemia, a change in bowel habits, narrowed stool, a close family history of colon and other GI cancers, or a history of inflammatory bowel disease should speak with a gastroenterologist about scheduling a colonoscopy.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at noon
Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa, AZ 85209
Park and enter through the Outpatient Entrance of the hospital, which is located on the east side of the hospital. Proceed to the second floor and go through the double doors to the classrooms. You do not need to print your tickets for this free event.
Call 1-877-924-WELL (9355) or visit www.mvmedicalcenter.com to register for this free event.