It scares me how rampant cancer seems to be spreading in our society. People I love dearly have been affected by cancer, and I've had to watch people dear to
me suffer (and, for some, lose) the fight against this awful disease.
Colon Cancer currently affects 1 in 20 people.
One. In TWENTY.
To put that in perspective, there are 20 kids in Chica's kindergarten class.
Which one will grow up to be the statistic?
It makes me sad.
The good news? Colorectal cancer is highly treatable when found early, and, in some cases, can even be prevented with regular screenings.
I truly believe colonoscopies save lives.
We need to educate ourselves, and a lot of us probably have many questions about these cancers so affecting us. Luckily, the great people of Penn Medicine are ready to educate and answer pressing questions!
Join Penn Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center for a Twitter chat on Thursday, March 20 from Noon to 1 pm ET, #ColonCancerACC as they discuss colon cancer, prevention, and the factors that increase your risk.
Their fantastic panelists will include:
1. Timothy C. Hoops, MD, Director, Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at the Abramson Cancer Center
2. Gregory G. Ginsberg, MD, Director Endoscopic Services at Penn Medicine
3. Ursina Teitelbaum, MD, Medical Oncologist specializing in GI cancer at the Abramson Cancer Center
4. Skandan Shanmugan, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgeon specialized in minimally invasive surgery for benign and malignant disease