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Baystate Mary Lane to Host Colon Health Program on March 20

WARE — Did you know a simple screening test can not only detect colon cancer, but also prevent cancer from developing by identifying pre-cancerous polyps, which can then be removed before they turn cancerous?

The community is invited to “Colon Health: Everyone Will Be Relieved,” presented by Dr. Harbir Sawhney, gastroenterologist from Baystate Gastroenterology, on Tuesday, March 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Baystate Mary Lane in Ware.

“Dr. Sawhney will discuss prevention, screening, the latest research about colon health, diet, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for colon cancer,” said Susan Fontaine, senior coordinator of Loyalty Programs at Baystate Health. “Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second-leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, and risk increases with age. What most people don’t realize, however, is that it is almost completely preventable, thanks to procedures like the colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, barium enemas, and a blood test.”

According to the American Cancer Society, screening is recommended starting at age 50 for people who are not at increased risk of colorectal cancer, and there are several different screening options available. People at higher risk, such as those with a strong family history of colorectal cancer, might benefit from starting screening at a younger age. People with a strong family history of colorectal polyps or cancer are encouraged to talk with their doctor about their risk and how frequently they should have a colonoscopy.

“Colon Health: Everyone Will Be Relieved” is offered at no cost and is sponsored by Baystate Health Senior Class. Baystate Health Loyalty Programs, including Senior Class, Every Woman, and Baystate Retirees, are free membership programs dedicated to health and wellness, and membership is offered at no cost. Members receive a wide range of benefits, including invitations to special events and valuable health information through seminars and publications. For more information or to register, call (413) 794-5200.

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