Living with cancer blog

Colon cancer — learn how to protect yourself

By Wendy Hanson March 8, 2017

How much do you know about colon cancer? Do you know what types of screening tests are available, whether you're at risk and how it is treated?

You can learn more by taking a walk through the inflatable Strollin' Colon on March 16, 2017, at the Cancer Education Center in the Gonda Building, on the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn.

As part of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Mayo Clinic's Cancer Education Program and Center for Individualized Medicine are teaming up to provide the latest information about colon cancer prevention, screening and treatment, as well as exciting research discoveries that are shedding light on how the disease may develop.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still watch three of the presentations via Facebook Live on the Center for Individualized Medicine's Facebook page:

  • Microbiome and Colon Cancer Research, 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST), Nicholas Chia, Ph.D., associate director, Center for Individualized Medicine Microbiome Program. Dr. Chia will discuss research underway to discover the link between the microbiome, the community of bacteria in and on our body, and colon cancer.
  • Risk of Hereditary Colon Cancer, 11:00 a.m. CST, Katherine Agre, M.S., CGC, genetic counselor. Katie Agre will explain how genetic counselors work with patients and their family members to determine their risk for developing hereditary colon and other types of cancer and recommend pre-emptive screening and treatment.
  • Colon Cancer Treatment Update, 12:00 p.m. CST, Thorvardur Halfdanarson, M.D., medical oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal cancers and consultant in the Division of Medical Oncology. Dr. Halfdanarson will talk about current treatment options and recent advances in medical management for early and later stage colon cancer, including targeted therapies based on a patient's genetic makeup and the role of immunotherapy.

In addition, the event will feature education exhibits on:

  • Colon cancer prevention, screening and DNA stool testing
  • Colon cancer treatment and research
  • Colonoscopy video
  • Hot topics in nutrition and cancer

We'd love to see you in person, but if you can't make it feel free to share your questions with us on the blog.

March 08, 2017