West Jefferson Medical Center Launches Colon Exhibit for Colon Cancer Awareness

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West Jefferson Medical Center, one of the trusted hospitals in New Orleans, are educating patients in a unique way about colon cancer. The health fair will provide a guest speaker and offer a variety of prizes within the interactive exhibit during Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

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New Orleans Hospitals are committed to saving lives, and we can begin doing that by simply educating the public about preventative measures and colonoscopies.

At the West Jefferson Medical Center's Fonseca Auditorium, a giant, inflatable colon exhibit will be present at the Colon Cancer Awareness Health Fair this Wednesday, March 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit will include interactive ways for patients to get involved and learn about colon cancer treatment. New Orleans area residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Gastroenterologist Steve Venturatos will give a brief, informative talk at 6 p.m. about the importance of screenings and colonoscopies.

Hospitals in New Orleans are looking for interesting ways to educate patients about preventing colon cancer. The colon exhibit will be 10 feet tall and 20 feet long, providing for a bigger than life view of colon tissue, polyps, and other forms of potential disease.

"Many people just don't realize that colon cancer is the most preventable form of cancer," says Taslin Alfonzo, who is the West Jefferson Medical Center's media relations specialist. "New Orleans Hospitals are committed to saving lives, and we can begin doing that by simply educating the public about preventative measures and colonoscopies. Patient education and public awareness are extremely important in fighting colon cancer."

Ten preventative measures for colon cancer will be featured at different stations within the exhibit, and attendees will receive stamps at each station. Stamps make them eligible for several door prizes that include a month-free membership to West Jefferson Fitness Centers and a surprise gift basket that includes a gift certificate for Cafe Hope.

The most exciting prize that West Jefferson Medical Center is giving away is a New Orleans Saints hat that has been autographed by Drew Brees. Scout leaders are also encouraged to bring their scout troops to learn about the importance of colon cancer prevention from an early age. Everyone can benefit from learning about the risks, treatment procedures, and preventative measures that are associated with colon cancer.

Adults 50 years of age and older are at higher risk of getting colon cancer, yet the majority of that demographic has not received a colonoscopy, according to the American Cancer Society. Colonoscopy screenings are opportunities for doctors to not only detect polyps but also remove them before they become malignant. Colonoscopy screenings are offered at every New Orleans cancer center. Dr. Venturatos will discuss the screening procedures with the public at the event. He will also inform people of the next step concerning treatment if they are diagnosed with colon cancer.

To attend the Colon Cancer Awareness Health Fair, please RVSP by calling (504) 349-1789 or sign up online at http://www.wjmc.org/colon. The fair will be located at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Boulevard, Marrero, Louisiana 70072.

About West Jefferson Medical Center
West Jefferson Medical Center, is located just 10 minutes from downtown New Orleans on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish. It was established in 1956. National and state organizations have recognized the Medical Center for quality clinical care. They offer several specialized clinics and fitness centers.

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