Dr. Jobson to discuss Colorectal Cancer at Dine with the Docs

March 9, 2018

Dr. Jobson to discuss Colorectal Cancer at Dine with the Docs

Did you know that, excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States?* It is estimated by the American Cancer Society that 97,220 new cases of colon cancer and 43,030 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018. Unfortunately, more than 50,000 people are expected to die from colorectal cancer during the same time. 

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – a time when everyone is encouraged to learn as much as possible about colorectal cancer.  Although colorectal cancer one of the most easily prevented cancers, it is surprising to learn that fewer than one-half of adults age 50 and over have taken advantage of a colorectal cancer screening test, as recommended. 

 This month’s “Dine with the Docs” program features Dr. Brenda Jobson, gastroenterologist, who will discuss colorectal cancer.  Her program, “Colorectal Cancer doesn’t care how old you are,” will be presented on Tuesday, March 13, in the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Conference Center on the basement level of the East Tower. 

A complimentary dinner provided by the hospital is available in Chatters Café at 5:30 p.m. and the program will follow at 6:30 p.m.

While colorectal cancer can strike at any age, about 90% of new cases diagnosed are in people aged 50 or older. However, the incidence of colorectal cancer diagnoses in people younger than 50 has more than doubled since 1990. If you are in the high-risk age group, if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, if you have colorectal cancer symptoms, or if you would just like to learn more about this disease, this month’s program will be of interest to you. Dr. Jobson will discuss current guidelines, risk factors, screening, symptoms and prevention of this highly preventable disease. She will also provide important information about diagnosis of the disease, the increased numbers of younger colorectal cancer patients, and treatment options that are now available.  A question and answer session will follow the program.

Dr. Jobson is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing an internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center and a residency in Internal Medicine at East Tennessee University in Johnson City, TN, Dr. Jobson completed her fellowship in gastroenterology at East Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University.  

“Dine with the Docs” is a regular monthly program series developed to educate interested persons regarding important health issues.  The programs are sponsored as a public service by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and the Lake Cumberland Chapter of Senior Friends.  For more information or to make required reservations, call 606-678-3274.