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Learn the facts about colon cancer at NCH Medical Group's free seminar

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Northwest Community Healthcare

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (February 26, 2013) -- It's the type of cancer no one wants to talk about, but colon cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. That's why it's important to get the facts about colon cancer and find out when screenings should begin.

With March being national Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Northwest Community Healthcare's Medical Group is hosting a free community health seminar. "Colon Cancer Facts & Fiction," presented by Dr. Michael Hersh of the NCH Medical Group, is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, in the NCH auditorium, 800 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights.

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Dr. Hersh is a board-certified gastroenterologist who will discuss colon cancer statistics, risk factors, and screening guidelines and options. Dr. Hersh and two other gastroenterologists from NCH Medical Group, Dr. Ami Behara and Dr. Aaron Benson, also will answer questions and dispel common misconceptions.

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. Approximately 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and almost 50,000 people will die from colon cancer. Screening can prevent cancer through the removal of pre-cancerous polyps, and for those with colon cancer, improve survival through early detection.

While the March event is free, registration is required because space is limited. Attendees also can sign up by calling HealthConnection at 847.618.4968. Complimentary beverages and snacks are available. Attendees should park in the Visitor Garage on the east side of the campus.

For more details about Northwest Community Hospital's Gastroenterology Center and its comprehensive services, visit the hospital's website at nch.org/colon.

About NCH Medical Group

NCH Medical Group is the physician group belonging to the Northwest Community Healthcare comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as nearly 30,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. NCH Medical Group treats approximately 60,000 patients each year from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The practice has 68 doctors, representing primary care internal medicine, gastroenterology, dermatology, endocrinology, neurology and rheumatology.

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