Public Lecture Focuses on Colorectal Cancer

first_imgA series of lectures, designed by Cancer Care Nova Scotia, continues to provide Nova Scotians with quality cancer information. Cancer Care Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, will host its second Cancer Answers public lecture with an evening information session titled Colorectal Cancer: The latest in early detection and treatment. The session will take place on Thursday, Oct. 12, between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. “Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in Nova Scotia among both men and women,” said Dr. Geoff Porter, surgical oncologist and head of Cancer Care Program at Capital Health. “This year alone, about 760 Nova Scotians are expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.” During this same time frame, about 330 Nova Scotians will die from the disease. “As health providers we have an obligation to share what we know about the disease, including ways to prevent it, find it earlier and treat it more effectively, said Dr. Porter. “This lecture provides an opportunity for Nova Scotians to learn more about a very common cancer, to ask questions and generally become more informed about actions they can take for continued health.” The information will be shared in an interactive manner, with time for discussion and questions. Information will also be available for people to take home. “This is a unique opportunity for the public to become aware of the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer,” said Barry Stein, president, Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. “By being informed people will better understand the options available to help prevent, treat and beat this cancer.” The lecture will be held in the Royal Bank Lecture Theatre of the Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer St. in Halifax. It will also be available by video conference at the following sites across the province: St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish; Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville; Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro; Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow; Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst; South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater; Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney; and Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Yarmouth. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health, created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families and the health care system through prevention, screening, education and research. More information is available on the Cancer Care Nova Scotia website at www.cancercare.ns.ca .last_img read more