Staten Island, NY – Because colon cancer is one of the few cancers known to be highly preventable, treatable and beatable, many at risk for the disease may be able to stop it before it starts, according to George G. Abdelsayed, MD, director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH), North Shore-LIJ Health System.
“Testing and education are critical to the health of our neighbors in a borough fraught with one of New York City’s highest death rates from colorectal cancer,” said Dr. Abdelsayed.
To help reduce the Island’s high rate of colon cancer, SIUH is sponsoring a free colorectal cancer awareness event.
The screening and forum are scheduled to take place:
6 pm on Tuesday, March 31 at the
Regina M. McGinn, MD Education Center
475 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, NY
The Screening Test: Participants are offered a FIT test (fecal immunochemical test). This quick and painless screening method is designed to detect hidden amounts of blood in stool often a sign of precancerous polyps or colon cancer.
The Forum: “Why the Time is now for Colorectal Screening,” is the first of three featured topics and is presented by Dr. Abdelsayed. “The Benefits of Robotic Colorectal Surgery,” follows with speaker Scott W. Bloom, MD, SIUH director of General and Colorectal Surgery. Maureen Gonzalez, RD, wraps up the evening discussion with a presentation on the role nutrition plays in colorectal health.
Free refreshments, giveaways and healthy lifestyle information are offered.
For more information, call 718-226-1911.