Charles Zipkin, MD offers free talk in Truckee for National Colorectal Cancer Month |

Charles Zipkin, MD offers free talk in Truckee for National Colorectal Cancer Month

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; 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. In honor of March as National Colorectal Awareness Month, Dr. Charles Zipkin, gastroenterologist, is offering a free presentation on the latest information on colon cancer prevention and screening Thursday, March 31, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance, 10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.

Throughout March free fecal occult blood screens will be available 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, the Health Clinic 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 information for follow up.

Dr. Zipkinand#8217;s presentation will discuss the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how screening tests can find pre-cancerous polyps, so they can be removed before they become cancerous. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age with more than 90 percent of cases occurring in people 50 years of age or older.

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.

and#8220;We want to give our community the most current information about colorectal cancer to prevent disease. More than 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths may be prevented with routine screening,and#8221; said Chris Spencer, NP, director of community health services, Tahoe Forest Health System.

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.

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

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