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News: April 3 Centegra symposium to teach about colon health

Those interested in learning more about colon health are invited to attend an informative lecture and discussion, “The Ins & Outs of Good Colon Health.” The free symposium will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at McHenry County College Conference Center, 8900 U.S. Highway 14 in Crystal Lake. To register, call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347)

“Participants will learn about what makes for a healthy colon, how that leads to improved overall health and wellness, and how to prevent, detect and treat cancers in the colon and rectum,” said Dr. Geoffrey Smoron, Centegra’s community cancer liaison physician and independent radiation oncologist on staff at Centegra Health System.

Smoron will join Dr. Terrence Bugno, an independent radiation oncologist, and Dr. Chad Spangler, an independent gastroenterologist, both on staff at Centegra Health System. They will discuss recent insights about colon health and the current state of colon and rectal cancer in McHenry County. This interactive lecture will conclude with a question and answer session with additional Centegra healthcare providers. Bugno will focus on what makes a healthy colon.

He said, “A healthy digestive tract is critical to optimal wellness. True integrative health fosters relationships between activity, food, water, digestion including enzymes, immunity, and even emotions along with ‘friendly’ bacteria in the GI tract to create a daily environment leading to colon health status.”

Spangler will stress the importance of screenings and early detection. He said newly formed colorectal cancer may not often cause symptoms but clearing them in the earliest stage results in more than 90 percent survival rates. In particular, screening colonoscopy can find and eliminate precancerous polyps, which if left undetected, would often lead to cancer.

Centegra Hospital–McHenry is recognized as having one of a few cancer programs in the state to receive the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Centegra Health System and the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation partner all year to raise awareness of the importance of early cancer detection. The Get Checked! program provides information on lifestyle changes and guidelines for routine screenings that can make a big difference in one’s life. The Gavers Cancer Resource Library is also featured at Centegra Sage Cancer Center in McHenry and offers touch-screen computers and a library inventory of books, journals and booklets. Information in the library is available in English and Spanish.

As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information, visit Centegra Health System, find us on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).