As March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Kimball Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, will hold a free information and education session on Friday, March 23 from noon to 3 p.m. to raise awareness of the disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. The CDC also reports that screening people over age 50 can prevent 60 percent of colorectal cancer-related deaths.
Led by Kimball nurses, dietitians and physicians, the information session will include the risk factors associated with colorectal cancer and information about the disease. Kimball’s staff will discuss tips for prevention and early detection, including the role of proper nutrition and exercise in reducing the risk of colorectal cancer.
Omar Tamimi, M.D., a board certified gastroenterologist and president of Kimball’s medical staff, and Mathew Kandathil, M.D., a board certified gastroenterologist at Kimball, will present information about various treatment options for colorectal cancer patients.
The information and education session will be held in Kimball’s Conference Centers B and C. To schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist on staff at Kimball Medical Center, call the Barnabas Health Care Link at 1-888-724-7123.