Free colon cancer screenings, presentations held throughout March

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - March is Colorectal Awareness Month and although it is an uncomfortable topic, it is an important one.

Dignity Health says colon cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.

Dignity Health and the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center are teaming up to host a series of free colon cancer screenings and presentations.

The first presentation is on Thursday, March 1 at the CBCC on Truxtun Avenue.

There are two screenings; one in English and one in Spanish. At 5:30 p.m., the free colon cancer screening kit instruction and distribution will be in English. The same screening will be held at 6:30 p.m. but in Spanish.

On Saturday, March 3, a free presentation and screening will be held at the CBCC. At 10 a.m., Dr. Lorenc Malellari, a colorectal surgeon, will discuss signs, symptoms and prevention. The free screenings will follow at 10:45 and 11:15 a.m.

On Wednesday, March 21, a free colorectal presentation will be held at CBCC at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Malellari will discuss treatment and surgery. 

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