March 12, 2013
Maury Regional Medical Center offers free seminar on colorectal cancer
COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women in the United States. By understanding the risks for colorectal cancer and the importance of regular screenings, many people can prevent this form of cancer. Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will offer a free seminar about colorectal cancer on Monday, March 25, at 6 p.m. in the William R. Walter Educational Conference Center at the MRMC Annex, located directly across from the medical center.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 102,000 new cases of colon cancer and more than 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2013. Approximately 50,800 deaths will result from colorectal cancers this year.
At the upcoming seminar, Srikar S. Reddy, M.D., a gastroenterologist on the medical staff at MRMC, will address the risk factors for colorectal cancer and will discuss the importance of regular screenings in the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer. He will also review warning signs that can indicate a problem may be present.
“A person’s chance of developing colorectal cancer increases considerably after age 50. In addition, family history and other factors increase the risk of this disease,” said Reddy. “At the upcoming seminar, we will discuss your risk for colorectal cancer. We will also explain how screenings are used to find colon polyps before they have a chance to turn into cancer or detect cancer in its earliest stages when it is more likely to be successfully treated.”
The seminar is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 931.840.4446.