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UCI Health experts to discuss latest advances in colorectal cancer prevention

Public to learn about risk, family history and importance of screenings

March 12, 2015

Dr. William Karnes

UCI Health invites the public to learn about the latest advances in colorectal cancer detection, treatment and prevention at 7 p.m., March 23 at the Newport Beach Public Library.

Gastroenterologist Dr. William Karnes, director of the UCI Health high-risk colon cancer program, and genetic counselor Deepika Nathan will discuss A Colon-Cancer Free Orange County. We Can Do This! Their presentation will address the following topics:

  • Who gets colorectal cancer and why?
  • What is my risk for colorectal cancer?
  • How can I reduce my risk for colorectal cancer?
  • How do I choose the best screening test?
  • How often do I need screening?
  • What should I look for in a specialist/center?

“Although there is no single cause of colorectal cancer, certain factors can increase your risk,” Karnes said. “Some risk factors can be modified, while others are beyond your control. The good news is that no matter how high you are on the risk scale, colorectal cancer is highly curable and can even be prevented, if you know your risk factors and get regular screenings.”

Colorectal cancers are the leading non-smoking cause of cancer death in the U.S., with one in 20 people developing colorectal cancer in their lifetime. Up to 90 percent of colorectal cancers are preventable through lifestyle changes and removal of precancerous polyps. Colonoscopy, which can identify and remove polyps in a single procedure, is the gold standard for detection and prevention, Karnes said.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

The Newport Beach Public Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

Karnes also recently conducted a webinar about colon cancer and detection >> Colorectal cancer: How you can prevent it

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