Talk with a Doc: Colon Cancer, Aug 16

August 3, 2018

Filiberto Colón, MD, gastroenterologist with Haywood Regional Medical Center will be presenting the Talk with a Doc dinner seminar “Colon Cancer: Prevention and Screening” on Thurs. Aug. 16 6pm at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Dr. Colón will speak while patrons enjoy a healthy meal. Afterward, he will circulate to visit with guests and answer questions.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancers are the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States in both men and women. Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is: about 1 in 22 for men and 1 in 24 for women. While more than 140.250 new cases of colon and rectal cancers are expected to be diagnosed in 2018, the overall incidence and death rates associated with this disease have been on the decline for more than a decade. Effective screening and early detection of polyps is the primary driver of these declines. Person with average risk of developing colorectal cancer should start screenings at age 45.

“A colonoscopy is a vital screening method with potentially lifesaving benefits,” says Colón. “Colonoscopies can improve our ability to detect colorectal cancer quickly and early, which makes this disease much more easily treatable. We recommend that everyone talk to their doctor about their colorectal cancer risks and discuss which tests could be right for them and the appropriate timing. The screening guidelines recently changed also from the American Cancer Society, which will be an item we discuss in the seminar.”

Dr. Filiberto Colón has been practicing with Mountain Medical Associates since 2002. He received his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, TX, and completed his residency at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, TX. He completed his fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. He is board-certified in Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

To attend this complimentary dinner seminar, call 800.424.DOCS (3627).  No children in attendance please. Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center is located at 75 Leroy George Drive, Clyde NC (adjacent to hospital).