MERCY REGIONAL CANCER CENTER HOSTS FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ON COLORECTAL CANCER
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: “Colorectal Cancer: Reducing Your Risk”. 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 participants healthy for life. The program will include special presentations by Zubin Bhesania, MD, of Huron Surgical Clinic, PC; and nutrition specialist Pat Ripari, MS, RD, CDE.
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the U.S. and is the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women. 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.
The event will be held Monday, March 24, from 5 to 6:30 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.
In addition to the free program offered, residents are invited to discover the hidden secrets of the colon with a firsthand look at a life-sized colon. Available for viewing during the event and also from 12 to 2 p.m., in the St. Joseph Mercy Baggot Street Café (cafeteria), the inflatable colon display is cosponsored by the American Cancer Society.
For more information regarding this event or to make a reservation to attend, call toll-free 1-888-MERCYME (1-888-637-2963).
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.
St. Joseph Mercy has been providing comprehensive cancer services to the community for more than 40 years. Offering access to the area’s only linear accelerator for radiation therapy treatment, to learn more about the award-winning Mercy Regional Cancer Center, visit St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron online at: mymercy.us, or follow us out on facebook and twitter.
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St. JosephMercyPort Huron. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.