Community Offers Free Programs For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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OCEAN COUNTYIn recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Community Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is offering two free community education programs to raise awareness about prevention, early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer.

A colorectal cancer awareness symposium is on March 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Medical Center Auditorium, 99 Route 37 West.

The symposium will feature medical experts discussing topics important to colorectal cancer awareness, including risk factors, screening for early detection, treatment options and prevention strategies. Dinner and free parking will be provided, but seating is limited. To register, please call 1-888-724-7123.

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The hospital’s 13th Annual Colorectal Cancer Awareness Fair, chaired by Paul J. DeMartino, MD, FACG, is also on March 28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Outpatient Lobby.

This year, guests will have a chance to “test drive” a state-of-the-art surgical robot. Participants will have the opportunity to meet nurses and physicians who will be available throughout the day to answer questions. Health care professionals will present information on risk factors, the importance of early detection and nutritional considerations pertaining to colorectal cancer. There will also be a colonoscopy demonstration and tours. Event admission and parking is free and there will also be prize drawings.

For more information or for referral to a Community Medical Center physician, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit