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Free Colon Health Lectures at Stony Brook During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


Hospital’s Nationally Recognized Experts Discuss Hallmarks of Disease, Awareness, Prevention

STONY BROOK, N.Y., February, 24, 2006 – A series of free lectures on colorectal cancer awareness and prevention by experts from Stony Brook University Hospital’s Department of Medicine and Department of Surgery will take place on Wednesday, March 22. Three one-hour lectures will be presented in observance of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. They will be held at the Charles B. Wang Center, located on the Stony Brook University Campus. The lectures will provide the latest information about predispositions to disease, healthy habits that may prevent disease, and screening procedures. Such information is important to the general public, particularly those with a family history of colorectal cancer, a disease that can be prevented and is extremely curable if caught early.

Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. The American Cancer Society recommends that starting at age 50, all men and women should get screened for colorectal cancer. Those with a family history of disease or with specific risk factors should be screened at a younger age.

The following specialists are scheduled to speak:

9:00 AM Joseph C. Anderson, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology

2:00 PM William B. Smithy, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology

7:30 PM Marvin L. Corman, M.D. , Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery & Peter F. Ells, M.D., Chief, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Department of Medicine

Seating is limited. Please call Stony Brook University’s HealthConnect® at 631-444-4000 to reserve a seat. Light refreshments will be served beginning one half hour prior to each lecture. All attendees will also receive free educational materials related to the lectures.

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