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OMC to Host Free Educational Dinner on Colon Cancer Prevention March 21

OMC to Host Free Educational Dinner on Colon Cancer Prevention March 21

In observance of Colon Cancer Awareness month in March, Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) is offering a free health educational dinner about colon cancer prevention. The dinner is from 6 to 7 p.m. March 21 at the Willard Hunter Classroom in Parkway Center. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required and may be made by calling 417-257-6793.

Dr. Magdy Giurgius, general surgeon at OMC, is the guest speaker. Dr. Giurgius is a fellowship trained surgeon at OMC Surgical Specialists Clinic.

Learn about the second leading cause of cancer death and what you can do to reduce your risk. Colon cancer, when discovered early, is highly treatable. Most colon cancers develop first as polyps, which are abnormal growths inside the colon or rectum that may later become cancerous if not removed. Colon cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people 50 years or older. Because of this, all adults over 50 should have a screening colonoscopy, which is covered by most insurance plans. This disease takes the lives of more than 50,000 people every year. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer death.

“We invite everyone to join us for valuable information and answers to their questions about colon cancer prevention,” said Justine Kaurich, Interim Director of the OMC Cancer Treatment Center. “Since March is colon cancer awareness month, there is no better time to learn more about screenings and early detection of cancer available right here in West Plains in a relaxed environment.”

OMC’s collaborative cancer treatment team includes board-certified physicians in areas of oncology, radiation oncology, cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, radiology, and pathology.

“We are extremely proud of our expert team that is delivering innovative medicine and compassionate care right here in our community,” said Tom Keller, President and CEO of OMC.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 417-257-6793.

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