Community Attends Colorectal Cancer Seminar

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PALM COAST, Fla., March 23, 2018 On March 20, Florida Hospital Flagler hosted a free seminar on colorectal cancer.

Florida Hospital Flagler gastroenterologist Dr. Issam Nasr discussed common disorders and symptoms associated with the digestive system, including colorectal cancer.

Family history is an important factor when determining a persons risk and recommended age for beginning to screen for colorectal cancer, Nasr said. To reduce our risk for developing colorectal cancer, we can make several lifestyle choices. For example, quitting smoking and eating more fruits and vegetables are two simple ways we can help prevent colorectal cancer.

In addition, Nasr addressed several options for screening for colorectal cancer, including noninvasive, at-home screening options. However, Nasr explained that a colonoscopy is the only test that can detect pre-cancerous polyps, allowing doctors to fight colorectal cancer before it has an opportunity to develop.

About Florida Hospital Flagler

Florida Hospital Flagler is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and 8,200 licensed beds in nine states, serving more than 5 million patients annually. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, Florida Hospital Flagler has 99-beds and is one of the seven Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region has 1,226 beds and more than 7,800 employees.

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