Thank you to everyone who participated in the colon cancer live chat with me on March12. We had some excellent questions on the topics of colon cancer prevention, risk factors, treatment options and new research on the horizon. As mentioned in the chat, early detection is key to beating colon cancer, so it is important that all people over the age of 50 receive regular screenings. If there is family history of the disease, screening should start at an earlier age. In many cases, cancer can actually be prevented by screening; non-cancerous polyps detected during screening can be removed during the procedure. Also, screening detects early-stage cancer and can prevent its spread. When cancer confined to the colon or rectum (local stage) is discovered, the odds of long- term survival are high.
March is national colorectal cancer awareness month. Take control of your destiny, and schedule your regular screening today! It could save your life.
For more information on all the topics we discussed in the chat, please review the chat transcript.
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About Bassel El-Rayes
Dr. El- Rayes is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, the Director of the GI Oncology Translational Research Program and the Associate Cancer Center Director for Clinical Research at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.
Dr. El-Rayes completed medical school at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He subsequently joined the internal medicine residency program at Wayne State University. After completing the residency, he joined the hematology oncology fellowship program at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University. He then joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the area of GI oncology. During this time, he was involved in translational research focused on pancreatic cancer. Dr. El-Rayes joined Emory University in September 2009 as the director of the GI Oncology program. He is designated as a Distinguished Cancer Scholar by the Georgia Cancer Coalition.