Gastroenterology specialist Charles Zipkin, M.D. to give free colorectal cancer talk
March 6, 2012
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; In honor of March as National Colorectal Awareness Month, Dr. Charles Zipkin, gastroenterologist specialist at Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS), is offering a free talk and question and answer session on how to reduce the risk of colon cancer, speaking directly to what you can do and why you should do it. The talk is Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance, located at 10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.
Also throughout March, THFS is offering free fecal occult blood screens for anyone age 50 or older. The test cards along with full instructions on how to complete the test can be picked up at the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance or at Incline Community Hospital Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Test cards should be returned to the Health Clinic for processing. Results will be sent in the mail with follow up information.
Cancer of the colon or rectum affects both men and women and is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Dr. Zipkinand#8217;s talk will discuss the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so they can be removed before they become cancerous. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age with more than 90 percent of cases occurring in people 50 years of age or older.
and#8220;If everyone aged 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be avoided. We want to give our community the most current information about colorectal cancer to prevent disease,and#8221; said Chris Spencer, NP, director of community health services, Tahoe Forest Health System. and#8220;Dr.Zipkinand#8217;s presentation will outline preventative care and its proven successes in early detection, discuss types of screenings and answer questions.and#8221;
Men and women should begin colorectal cancer screening at the age of 50. Screenings should continue at regular intervals determined by a healthcare professional. Earlier screening is recommended if a close relative had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer, or if one has inflammatory bowel disease. Screening is recommended until the age of 75.
Board certified in gastroenterology, Dr. Zipkin completed his medical education at the University of California, Irvine with fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco. He joined Tahoe Forest Multi-specialty clinic in 2007.
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For more information please contact the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance at 530-587-3769.
For more information about Tahoe Forest Health System, visit http://www.tfhd.com.
About Tahoe Forest Health System
Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS), a not for profit rural health care facility located in Truckee is one of the top 100 critical care access hospitals in the United States. TFHS is committed to excellence in patient care. Having earned numerous national Awards for Excellence, TFHS provides exceptional patient care. Through community support, the new Tahoe Forest Cancer Center is a proud affiliate of the UC Davis Cancer Network, an organization that unites five hospital-based cancer centers for the purpose of delivering high quality cancer care in rural settings. The hospital is fully accredited by the Healthcare Accreditation Facilities Program and licensed by the State of California Department of Health Services. Their vision: and#8220;To be the best mountain community health system in the nation.and#8221;