Colorectal cancer presentation set in Pine Bluff

The Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care will host a free presentation on preventing colorectal cancer at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center Henslee Conference Center, Rooms J&R.

A nurse from AFMC will explain why a colonoscopy is important, who should get one and what one’s risk is for colorectal cancer.

Each year, more than 150,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer, and more than 50,000 die from the disease. Arkansas has the sixth highest rate of death due to colon cancer in the country and colon cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in Arkansas.

“This is despite the fact that a quality colonoscopy can help prevent colorectal cancer from ever occurring,” a spokesman said.

To improve the quality of colonoscopies, AFMC has launched a project entitled “Do it Right,” which works with patients and doctors to make sure that everybody who needs a colonoscopy is getting one and to make sure that those exams are high-quality tests.

This program sponsored by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care in cooperation with the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, the Arkansas Aging Initiative and UAMS. Details: Call the South Central Center on Aging at 870-879-1440 or 1-800-745-0557, or visit