In celebration of colorectal cancer awareness month, premier health institution The Medical City (TMC) held recently a symposium titled “Advances in the Screening and Management of Colorectal Cancer” at the Augusto Barcelon auditorium in TMC Ortigas in Pasig City.
The event was organized by the TMC Cancer Center, the Colorectal Clinic, and the Center for Patient Partnership.
“The world celebrates Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this month of March. This symposium is part of an awareness campaign to promote colorectal cancer screening which is the third most common cancer among Filipinos,” said Dr. Jun Ruiz, gastroenterologist and one of the specialists from the TMC Colorectal Clinic. Dr. Ruiz hosted the symposium.
“The Colorectal Clinic at The Medical City aims to be at the forefront of the Filipinos’ battle against colorectal cancer. Our message is that cancer screening can save lives. This strategy has been shown to reduce colorectal cancer risk by as high as 70 percent,” added Dr. Ruiz.
Topics discussed included Updates in Diagnosis and Screening of Colorectal Cancer, Recent Technological Advances in Colorectal Surgery, and Hitting the Target in Colorectal Cancer Treatment.
The speakers were Dr. John Geoffrey G. Palisoc, TMC gastroenterologist; Dr. Manuel Francisco T. Roxas, chairman of the Department of Surgery and consultant-director of the Colorectal Clinic; and TMC oncologist Dr. Beatrice J. Tiangco.
A giant colon balloon was also on display at the TMC foyer.
Dr. Enrique A. Tayag, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health, was the event’s guest of honor.
For inquiries, you may call the Colorectal Clinic of The Medical City at 9881000 ext. 7789.