Friday, April 6, 2012

Providence Medical Center to offer colorectal screening and educational presentation

Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan, is offering an informational colorectal health presentation and screening at the Bonner Springs YMCA, located at 2251 South 138th Street, Bonner Springs, Kan., on Tuesday, April 24.

The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. and will cost $10 to cover test processing fees. Reservations can be scheduled by calling 800-281-7777. The presentation will be led by gastroenterologist Mark Molos, M.D., and will cover all aspects of colorectal health, including disease prevention, treatment, and testing.

At the conclusion of the presentation, a colorectal cancer screening test will be administered to participants.

“Colorectal health is often overlooked by today's population,” says Terry Jett, Providence's Service Line Director - Orthopedics and Oncology. “Early detection is the easiest way to ensure the most successful outcomes."

Dr. Molos will be on site to answer questions about the test. Participants will also receive materials to more fully educate them on risks, symptoms and treatment for colorectal cancer.

If patients experience symptoms they can call their primary care physician or call 800-281-7777 to locate a gastroenterologist. Colorectal cancer, commonly known as bowel cancer, is a cancer from uncontrolled cell growth in the colon. Symptoms typically include rectal bleeding and anemia which are sometimes associated with weight loss and changes in bowel habits.

Most colorectal cancer occurs due to lifestyle and increasing age with only a minority of cases associated with underlying genetic disorders. Screening is effective at increasing positive outcomes and is recommended starting at the age of 50 and continuing until a person is 75 years old. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world.

Dr. Mark Molos is a gastroenterologist who completed medical school at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is also certified in internal medicine and is in practice at West Glen Gastrointestinal Consultants.