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Winthrop Helps Shed Light on the Importance of Colon Cancer Awareness Month
March 8, 2017

Mineola, NY – March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to partner with Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and County Legislator Rose Mari to raise awareness in the community about the importance of early detection and screening. The group gathered on the steps of Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola on March 1 to light the dome blue, representing the significance of the month. 

"Colon cancer is highly preventable with regular screenings, and the physicians and staff at Winthrop are committed to increasing screening rates to help save lives," said Eva Chalas, MD, Physician Director of Winthrop's Cancer Center, Director of Clinical Cancer Services and Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Winthrop. "We are working with our community leaders to educate the public about the importance of screening and to provide the resources and expertise necessary to increase the screening rate in New York State."

Winthrop Helps Shed Light on the Importance of Colon Cancer Awareness MonthPictured (left to right) are: Christine Guarnieri, RR-BC, MSN, OCN, Supervisor, Oncology Nurse Navigation and Nurse Navigator for Colorectal / Gastrointestinal / Pancreatic Cancers; Richard Rivera, HPH, MT, LCLT, CHE, Vice President, Administration at Winthrop; Jules E. Garbus, MD, Colorectal Surgeon at Winthrop; Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano; Eva Chalas, MD, Physician Director of Winthrop’s Cancer Center; County Legislator Rose Marie Walker; Janet Shehata, MSN, RN, OCN, NEA-BC, Administrative Director of Cancer Services at Winthrop; and Frederick Gandolfo, MD, Gastroenterologist at Winthrop.

In addition to partnering with the County to heighten awareness about the significance of the month, Winthrop is hosting a special "Colon Cancer Awareness Day" event on Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Winthrop's Research and Academic Center, located at 101 Mineola Blvd. in Mineola. The complimentary program will feature information from leading medical experts as well as patient testimonials. Topics include risk factors and prevention; genetics; treatment options; nutrition; and current and future therapies. For more information or to register, call (516) 663-2601.