Colorectal Cancer is Preventable, Treatable & Beatable


Macomb--McDonough District Hospital will host a free educational program “Colorectal Cancer is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable,” at 6:00 PM Tuesday, March 5 at the Spoon River College Outreach Center, 2500 East Jackson St., Macomb. A light, healthy meal will be served for participants starting at 5:30 p.m., with program to follow.

Featured speakers will be David Greathouse, D.O., Lamoine Valley Clinic, and Dan Ruiz, M.D. surgeon with McDonough Medical Group.

 David Greathouse, D.O.
 Dan Ruiz, M.D.

Topics for the Colon Cancer Awareness Month session include: colon cancer prevention, Colonoscopy preparation, Colonoscopy procedures to avoid surgery and minimally invasive colon surgery.

Almost 50,000 deaths occur each year from colorectal cancer and it is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. Only 50% of adults in the U.S. 50 years of age and older have been screened for colorectal cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimates that if the percentages of this same group of people were to increase to 90%, approximately 14,000 lives would be saved each year.

Dr. Greathouse is board certified in Internal Medicine, specializing in gastroenterology. He performs more than 1,000 colonoscopies each year. He has been a member of the MDH Medical Staff since 1989.

Dr. Ruiz joined the MDH Medical Staff in 2012 practicing General Surgery/Colon & Rectal Surgery. He completed his residency for general surgery at New York Hospital Queens, Flushing, NY, he then completed his Colon and Rectal Surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL.

Participants are asked to RSVP attendance by Friday, March 1st, 2013 for the educational program & dinner.

New Hemoccult ICT Kits will be available for program participants following the educational presentation. The Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) is a first step in the detection of colorectal cancer and is recommended every year for anyone over 50 or at an earlier age if you have a family history of the disease. These kits are funded through donations designated for health education and screenings.

Individuals unable to attend the program, who would like a free kit, may obtain a kit at The MDH Outreach Services desk on the third floor of the hospital. Kits will be available March 1 through April 19. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Before or after hours, test kits can be obtained and returned to the MDH Admitting/Registration department, located on the first floor near the front entrance of the hospital. For more information about the test kits or to RSVP for the program, contact Outreach Services at (309) 836-1584.
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