Free Lunch & Learn: Ignorance Isn't Bliss - Get the Facts on Colorectal Cancer (Fitzgerald - 11/29)

Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) will be holding a free community seminar titled “Ignorance Isn’t Bliss…Get the Facts on Colorectal Cancer” on Tuesday, Nov. 29, noon to 1:00 pm, at the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College-Fitzgerald Campus.

Hematologist/oncologist Johnny Stephens, M.D. with the TRMC Oncology Center will discuss colorectal cancer, a disease that affects both men and women. Colorectal cancer, which is cancer of the colon or rectum, is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Screening for colorectal cancer helps prevent this disease. A screening can find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths), so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening also finds colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), not enough people are getting screened for colorectal cancer. South Georgia has some the highest late stage cancer rates in the country. Dr. Stephens will discuss colorectal cancer prevention, the latest screening guidelines and available treatment options. He will also take questions from the audience.

Johnny Stephens, M.D. is a hematologist/oncologist, providing chemotherapy, combined cancer management and treatment for blood disorders. He has joined the TRMC Oncology Center located in Tifton at 1623 Madison Avenue. Dr. Stephens earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College and completed a residency in internal medicine at the LSUMC/University Medical Center and a fellowship in medical oncology/hematology at LSU Shreveport – Feist Weiller Cancer Center.

This event is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal, but registration is required. Register here or call 800-648-1935, ext. 6318. The lecture and lunch will be held in the Charles Harris Learning Center at the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, located in Fitzgerald at 667 Perry House Road.