Santa Barbara, Calif. - Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and the third leading cause of cancer deaths in Santa Barbara County. Up to 80% of these deaths could be prevented through regular screening in those age 50 and older. This month the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic and Cottage Health System will host a free presentation to help raise awareness about colon cancer prevention and offer free colon cancer screening kits, along with tours of the new Endoscopy Lab at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
“We would like everyone in Santa Barbara and Goleta over the age of 50 to be screened for colon cancer. We invite the whole community over 50 to come learn about colonoscopies and the steps they can take to prevent colon cancer,” said Lisa Winebrenner, Oncology Health Promotion Coordinator at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic.
Join us, Wednesday, March 25 for an informational evening about preventing colon cancer: Demystifying the Screening Colonoscopy. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Learn about demystifying the colon cancer screening process with local gastroenterologist Dr. Thomas Aguirre. There will also be an informative presentation on how nutrition can help prevent colon cancer with Sarah Washburn, MS, RD, CSO of the Cancer Center.
Tours of the new endoscopy department at Cottage Hospital will be available to all who attend the event. Staff will be on hand to schedule colonoscopies and discuss resources, including other colon cancer screening options like the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), which will be available free of charge. Limited no-cost colonoscopies are available to those who quality.
Demystifying the Screening Colonoscopy takes place, Wednesday March 25, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Endoscopy Department, Bath Street Entrance.
For more information call toll free: 1-855-CHS-WELL (1-855-247-9355)
Para mas informacion llame gratis al: 1-855-CH-WELL (1-855-247-9355)
About the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic
The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic is a nonprofit corporation, providing state-of-the-art cancer treatment. Since 1949, through the charitable giving of families and foundations, the Cancer Center has stayed in the vanguard of comprehensive, outpatient cancer care. By retaining highly trained and devoted medical personnel, acquiring the latest technology and protocols, and integrating patient support programs and classes, the Cancer Center treats those on the journey to live with, through and beyond cancer.
About Sansum Clinic
Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 180 affiliated physicians, Sansum Clinic provides the full spectrum of healthcare services from primary care to more than 30 specialties. Sansum Clinic serves more than 150,000 patients (600,000 visits) annually at their 23 patient care facilities between Carpinteria and Santa Maria.
About Cottage Health System
The not-for-profit Cottage Health System is the parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital – and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, and Goleta Valley Hospital. Last year, the Cottage hospitals provided inpatient care for 20,000 people, treated 67,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,400 newborns.


Jennie Jacobs

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