Save the Date: #ColonCancerACC Chat on 3/20

Look Better Naked, Say it Rah-shay By Mar 17, 2014 32 Comments

Currently, colon cancer affects 1 in 20 people.

One in 20.


Symptoms like persistent stomachaches and pains, rapid weight loss and bloody bowel movements may be symptoms of colon cancer.


The good news is that colon cancer is often beatable when detected and treated in its early stages. Colon cancer van even be prevented altogether when polyps are removed before they develop into cancer. 


#ColonCancerACC Chat on 3/20

Join Penn Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center for a Twitter chat on Thursday, March 20 from Noon to 1 pm ET, #ColonCancerACC as we discuss colon cancer, prevention, and the factors that increase your risk.


Panelists will include:

  1.      Timothy C. Hoops, MD, Director, Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at the Abramson Cancer Center
  2.      Gregory G. Ginsberg, MD, Director Endoscopic Services at Penn Medicine
  3.      Ursina Teitelbaum, MD, Medical Oncologist specializing in GI cancer at the Abramson Cancer Center
  4.      Skandan Shanmugan, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgeon specialized in minimally invasive surgery for benign and malignant disease


Mark your calendars, pack your lunch. We’ll be sharing important information that could save your life.



Hosts: @PennMedicine and @PennCancer

Thursday, March 20

Noon to 1 pm ET



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  1. Chasing Joy says:

    One of my former co-workers had colon cancer. She visited us at work last week and is doing well. She raved about her treatment at Penn!.

  2. Tiffany says:

    I had an Auntie that died from this. It’s not joke and this needs to be taken seriously! Thanks so much!

  3. Chavonne H says:

    We just had cancer hit our family so it’s very important to get checked regularly so that it can be removed and cured. Thanks for the information and awareness.

  4. Scott says:

    Will try to spare to time to attend. Sounds like you may have some great speakers attending!

  5. I can’t make the twitter chat, but it’s definitely something for a great cause and I am glad awareness is being raised.

  6. Ashley B. says:

    I’m not sure if I can make it to this Twitter Chat, but I am going to try! It’s for a great cause after-all!

  7. I am very fortunate as this has not touched anyone in my family though we have the misfortune of being haunted by other diseases. Still I try to keep up to date on things like this to keep preventing them from hurting those I love.

  8. I have two brothers with Chrons disease, so regular colo-rectal screens are a must for them. The rest of us will have to do early screenings because of family history as well. My Mom flat out refuses to be screened, which really frustrates me because it is the most preventable form of cancer there is.

  9. Liz Mays says:

    I didn’t realize that was the third most common cancer. Oh how I hate that brutal disease.

  10. My uncle is a survivor 4 years now of colon cancer. It is scary when it happens. But thankfully can be beaten if caught early enough.

  11. Louida says:

    I won’t be able to make the Twitter chat but this is a good cause to know how to prevent colon cancer.

  12. Denise Gabbard says:

    My grandfather had colon cancer… and it was a horrible, long illness. Of course, this was many years ago before regular screenings were done– getting screened early saves lives!

  13. Nicole A. says:

    This is definitely one of the cancers you don’t think about much. Great to know it can be beaten if caught early.

  14. They used to do mandatory colonoscopies at certain ages with my last insurance. I am terrified as one of the women that had hers done ended up getting her colon punctured and almost died. I know there are risks but when they end up so close to home you worry more.

  15. Beth says:

    Thanks for sharing. Great reminder that colon cancer is such a huge problem.

  16. Pam says:

    This is really important. I know plenty of people who have battled colon cancer, and it seems to get very little recognition.

  17. Pam Hudson says:

    I have had two colonoscopies and I am now on a every 3 year schedule. I know that this preventative measure very well could save my life. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancer there is if you get screened. I finally was able to get my husband to understand this and he finally was screened at the age of 60. Thankfully everything was good.

  18. becca says:

    My grandpa passed away of colon cancer so because of this my dad and hubby always get checked.

  19. Lady Lilith says:

    That sounds like a great idea. I hope they can generate lots to donations to help with the research.

  20. It’s so important to have regular screenings because they save so many lives. Prevention is key.

  21. Cancer is such a horrible thing. My husband died 10 years ago from cancer. It was so devastating

  22. This is SO important! Thank you for promoting it!

  23. Toni says:

    Very important issue! I am going to have to try to remember to stop in.

  24. Amanda says:

    Awesome cause! So important to get screened!! It’s scary bc you don’t know what the results will come back as but early detection is KEY!

  25. Wow, I had no idea it's #3 most common.. that's a scary thing to think. Thanks for informing us what the symptoms are. I hope I'll never have to worry about it.

  26. Amber Nelson says:

    Wow, what an informative and eye opening post. Thank you!

  27. Teresa Moody says:

    I have never had a colonoscopy. Im too chicken, but it is someting people should be aware of!

  28. Nikki says:

    I had my first colonoscopy last year because I was having stomach pains. I don’t remember anything about it, so it couldn’t have been too bad! The prep was the worst part!

  29. 1 in 3 is crazy high odds. Better safe then sorry by checking instead of ignoring with odds like that.

  30. Ashley Gill says:

    This is hitting a little close to home today, as my cousin was diagnosed a few months ago. Everyone should get checked. So important!

  31. Katherine G says:

    Oh man! I’m mad I missed this. I definitely could have learned a lot.

  32. Amanda Love says:

    My dad died from cancer less than 2 years ago so whenever I hear the word it depresses me. I’ve never had a colonoscopy before and I would love to get one done. You just never know.

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