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Release Date: 02/24/2014

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in American men and women, with more than 140,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed this year alone.

To commemorate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, The Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Health at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, in association with the Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island and the American Cancer Society, will host an education and awareness event.

The event is planned for Saturday, March 8, from noon to 3 pm, at the Warwick Mall.

"We need to continue to educate women and men about the importance of screening – with colonoscopy - for colorectal cancer. As with many cancers, early detection is key to an individual's survival, says

The day offers a chance to:

  • Walk through the 12-foot long, 10-foot high Strollin' Colon three-dimensional exhibit
  • Have a free colorectal cancer risk assessment with Drs. Christy Dibble, Mariam Fayek or Nnenna Okpara of the Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Health
  • Enter to win a free raffle

The Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Health, the only in the area that is staffed exclusively by women for women, is accepting new patients. For more information or to make an appointment, call (401) 453-7953.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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