Screening tests like the colonoscopy often find polyps in the colon that can be removed before they turn to cancer. Regular screening also helps find cancer in an early stage, when it is very treatable! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regular colon cancer screenings for everyone over the age of 50 would prevent about 60% of deaths from the disease!
The CDC also states that of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. It affects men and women of all different ethnicities and races and is most often found after the age of 50. Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University highly recommends that men and women at average risk for developing colon cancer get regularly screened for the disease.
March is national awareness month for colorectal cancer. To learn more about how to prevent your risk of colon cancer join us on March 12, 2013 at 12 noon EST, for a live web chat with a Winship expert on colorectal cancer. Dr. El-Rayes will answer your questions about preventing colorectal cancer, and tell you about Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University’s approach to diagnosing and treating it. Some of the questions he can answer:
- What is colon cancer?
- How important is colon cancer screening?
- What are the symptoms of colon cancer?
- What are the risk factors of colon cancer?
- Can inflammatory bowel disease cause colon cancer?
- Do gender, ethnicity, race, obesity, environment and/or social status impact colon cancer risk?
- Does exercise help prevent colon cancer?
- Do polyps increase colon cancer risk?
- Does a family history of colon cancer increase my risk?
- What is Emory’s approach to colon cancer treatment and care?
- What new colon cancer research is on the horizon?
About Dr. 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 Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Office at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.
Dr. El-Rayes completed his medical school at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He subsequently joined the internal medicine residency program at Wayne State University. After completion of the residency, he joined the hematology oncology fellowship program at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University. He then joined 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. Dr. El-Rayes is currently the medical director of the Clinical Trials Office.