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Live: Swedish Hosting Online Chat on Advances in Colonoscopy

Physicians at Swedish will host a live stream on the subject of colon and rectal health featuring two colonoscopy procedures

WHAT: On Wednesday, March 28, colon and rectal specialist Dr. Raman Menon and gastroenterologist Nicholas Procaccini of Swedish Medical Center will host an online chat and live stream featuring two colonoscopy procedures, one of a male and the other of a female patient. The live stream will be focused around the importance of undergoing routine colonoscopies after the age 50 (or 40, depending on family history and other predetermining factors) with a focus on advances in colonoscopy procedures.

Swedish is committed to identifying new ways of communicating the community to better inform the public and provide important information about relevant health issues. The live stream and online discussion will take place in recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month (March).

During the live stream the public will have the chance to communicate with the physicians who performed the procedures and ask questions. The physicians will respond live on camera throughout the program. The dialogue will be focused around the importance of early detection in preventing and treating colon and rectal health issues.

WHO: The live stream will be hosted by Dr. Nicholas Procaccini, Gastroenterologist at Swedish Medical Group and Dr. Ramon Menon, Colon and Rectal surgeon at the Swedish Colon and Rectal Clinic and Swedish Cancer Institute.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHY: According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. If caught early, colon cancer can often be very effectively treated, and most often, completely removed.

51,000 people will die of colorectal cancer in the United States this year and 143,000 new cases will be diagnosed. The society says that only half of adults are up to date on screenings that normally start at age 50.

WHERE: The stream can be viewed online at www.Swedish.org/ColonLive. Those interested may also join the conversation via Twitter by using the hash tag #ColonLive.

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