March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


Knowing your risk for colorectal cancer is important, particularly as you hit a milestone like the big 5-0. If you turn 50 in 2021, Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute has a free virtual event just for you:

Colorectal Cancer Community Forum 

This virtual event will feature speakers from the Cancer Institute who will shed light on important topics like colorectal cancer screening, nutrition and colon health, and facts about prevention strategies.

Facts about colorectal cancer

  • Colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in the U.S.

  • Caught early, colorectal cancer is highly curable.

  • Everyone should be screened for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50, unless you have a family history of the disease or certain other risk factors, and then earlier screening may be needed. Check with your primary care provider for guidance on timing.

Attend the Virtual Colorectal Cancer Community Forum

Date: Tuesday, March 30

Time: 6 p.m

Register: at,

This event will be moderated by Stephanie Wells from Mike and Steph in the Morning on B104, and co-host of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s podcast, The Healthiest You.

Speakers and topics

Three Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute colleagues will speak at the event, including:

  • Linda Lapos, MD – Colonoscopy: Screening and Prevention

  • Jennifer Brennan, MS, RD, CSO – Get the Facts About Nutrition and Your Colon

  • Usman Shah, MD – Prevention Strategies: Fact vs. Fiction

Questions and answers with speakers including Bhavana Singh, MD, LVPG Hematology Oncology–Pocono, Maged Khalil, MD, LVH Hematology Oncology-Cedar Crest, and Patrick Hickey, DO, Eastern Pennsylvania Gastroenterology and Liver Specialists following the presentations.


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