Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

SFCCC Offers Free Lecture on Colorectal Cancer: Risk, Prevention, and The Latest Treatment Methods


The Southeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative (SFCCC) will host a free seminar on colorectal cancer in conjunction with Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 14 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center, 21110 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, FL.

Featured speakers will include Carolyn Messere, M.D., Colorectal Surgeon at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center; Michael D. Hellinger, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S., Chief, of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Leader, of the Colorectal Site Disease Group at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Silvia Larrieu, colorectal cancer survivor. The panel will discuss potential risk factors, how to prevent the disease, and some of the latest treatment options that are available.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among both men and women. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 112,340 new cases of colon cancer, and 41,420 cases of rectal cancer, will be diagnosed this year. Combined, they will cause 52,180 deaths. The good news is the death rate from colon cancer has been declining due to better screening methods which can detect cancer at earlier stages.

Risk factors can include: age; family history; a history of polyps; a history of bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease; those of Eastern European Jewish (Ashkenazi) descent; obesity, high fat diet, lack of exercise, smoking and heavy use of alcohol. Some of those factors, such as diet and lifestyle choices, can be controlled to reduce risks. All those interested in attending should RSVP by calling 1-888-256-7692. Light refreshments will be served. Free parking is available.

This lecture is sponsored by the SFCCC; Florida Department of Health; Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center; and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

About SFCCC:

The Southeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative (SFCCC) is a voluntary group of representative from more than 60 hospitals, health departments, organizations and advocacy groups. Members work together to improve access to cancer care and to decrease the burden of cancer through a united effort by the promotion of education, advocacy, and research for the people of Southeast Florida, which includes eight counties. Established in 2001 with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SFCCC has been supported by the University of Miami Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2003. For more information, see

About UM/Sylvester:

UM/Sylvester opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles 1,400 inpatient admissions annually, performs 3,000 surgical procedures, and treats 3,000 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in 200 clinical trials and receive more than $31 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. This 10,000 square-foot facility at I-95 and S.W. 10th Street offers appointments with physicians from six cancer specialties, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

About Aventura Hospital and Medical Center:

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is a 407 acute care medical/surgery facility providing award –winning inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, medical, surgical, cardiovascular and cancer services to the communities of northeast Miami-Dade and southeast Broward counties since 1965. Staffed by more than 700 physicians representing over 50 specialties and 1,300 employees, the hospital meets the healthcare needs of its neighboring communities through continuous program enhancement and service excellence.

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