NHRMC Physician Group Hosting Panel Discussion on Digestive Health and Reducing Risk for Colorectal Cancer

March 18, 2014

WILMINGTON – In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Cape Fear Cancer Specialists and Hanover Gastroenterology, both part of the NHRMC Physician Group, will be hosting a presentation and panel discussion on colorectal cancer awareness and digestive health.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, at the Cape Fear Cancer Specialists Wilmington location, 1520 Physicians Drive. Featuring experts in the field of gastroenterology, oncology and nutrition, presentations will focus on maintaining your health and increasing awareness of the risk factors and symptoms of colorectal cancer and digestive diseases.

Jack I. Ramage Jr., MD, gastroenterologist with Hanover Gastroenterology, will open the event discussing the behavioral and hereditary risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing the disease. John W. Anagnost, MD, medical oncologist and hematologist, will focus his presentation on how colon cancer has evolved and its impact on patients.

“With this event and throughout the year, we hope to raise awareness that there are simple steps you can take to increase your health and decrease your risk of developing these diseases,” says John W. Anagnost, MD medical oncologist with Cape Fear Cancer Specialists – NHRMC Physician Group. “We want to make the community aware of the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer and other digestive diseases so that they can seek medical attention quickly, because early detection is crucial in preventing colon cancer.”

Registered Dietician Catherine Hankins, RD, CSO, LDN, will round out the series of presentations by discussing the role of diet in digestive health. The event will finish with a question and answer session, giving participants the opportunity to ask our panel of experts for further details on the topic.

This event is free to the public, but seating is limited. Please register by calling 910.362.4211. To find out more about Hanover Gastroenterology, Cape Fear Cancer Specialists or the NHRMC Physician Group, visit www.nhrmcphysiciangroup.org.

The NHRMC Physician Group is committed to providing the highest quality health care to residents of southeastern North Carolina. With more than 150 providers in both primary care and specialty fields, the NHRMC Physician Group's doctors can focus on providing the best medical care to their patients while benefiting from the shared resources of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. This progressive healthcare partnership means access to some of medicine's best technologies, treatments and specialists is readily available when needed. Services provided include urology, oncology, cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, psychiatry, urgent care, pediatric specialties, women’s health and care for hospitalized patients provided by a team of hospitalists. To better serve patients' needs, NHRMC Physician Group practices are located throughout southeastern North Carolina. Visit www.nhrmc.org for a complete list of New Hanover Regional Medical Center physicians