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Third Annual Colon Cancer Day at Winthrop-University Hospital
February 12, 2016

- Saturday, March 12, 9 am to 12 pm–

Mineola, NY –Winthrop-University Hospital will offer a free Colon Cancer Awareness Day educational program for the community on Saturday, March 12, from 9 AM to 12 PM. The event will be held in the Dr. Martin Spatz Conference Center, located in the lower level of the main Hospital at 259 First Street in Mineola. It will include several discussions by Winthrop’s medical experts, as well as the opportunity to view the “Rollin’ Colon” – an educational exhibit that is a state-of-the-art 20-foot, pink inflatable, 12-foot high, 10-foot long walk-through reproduction of the human colon.

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United Sates. However, early detection and an awareness of risk factors and prevention can help in the fight against this disease.

Speakers include James Grendell, MD, Chief in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition; Dean Pappas, MD, Attending Physician in the Department of Surgery; and Alice Zervoudakis, MD, Attending Physician in the Division of Oncology/Hematology. They will discuss risk factors and prevention, genetics, treatment options, and current and future therapies. Gina DeLuca, RD, CDN, Division of Cancer Services, will discuss the role of nutrition in colon cancer. A question and answer period will be included in the program.

The “Rollin’ Colon” exhibit provides the opportunity for people to view abnormalities seen during a colonoscopy, such as giant polyps and different stages of colon cancer, as well as other diseases of the colon, such as Crohn’s. The exhibit emphasizes the importance of prevention, screening and early detection.

Literature and educational materials will be provided; refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register, please call (516) 663-2601 or e-mail