Baystate Health to Offer Free Virtual Lectures in March for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Health will hold two free virtual lectures in March to recognize National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is observed in March to highlight the importance of screening for colorectal cancer, as well as to promote healthy lifestyle habits that can decrease a person’s risk of developing cancer of the colon, rectum, or anus. Regular screening, now beginning at age 45, is key to preventing colorectal cancer.

The first lecture, “Being Diagnosed with Colon Cancer, Now What?” will be held on Thursday, March 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. Presented by Dr. Daniel Fish, colorectal surgeon at Baystate General Surgery, the lecture will focus on colon and rectal cancer, the different interventions needed, and the latest treatment options.

The initial lecture will be followed on Thursday, March 9 from 6-7 p.m. with “It Can Happen to Anybody: Colorectal Cancer.” Presented by colorectal surgeons Dr. Holly Sheldon and Dr. Ziad Kutayli of Baystate General Surgery, the lecture will focus on the importance of early screening with the latest tests, and will also provide a look at current research.

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