News Release

March 20, 2006

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

UConn Health Center Experts Will Answer Your Questions About Colon Cancer Prevention

Join Live Web Chat on March 29th

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Experts from the University of Connecticut Health Center, including Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D., who is also president of the American Cancer Society, will answer questions about the prevention, early detection and treatment of colon cancer during a live web chat on Wednesday, March 29, from noon to 1 p.m., on

NBC 30 is partnering with the UConn Health Center throughout the month of March, which is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, to raise awareness the disease – the second leading cancer killer of American men and women.

“When colon cancer is detected late, it is very difficult to treat. However, if it is caught in an early stage – or better yet, prevented from ever occurring – the outcomes are dramatically different,” said Joel Levine, M.D., co-director of the new Colon Cancer Prevention Program at the UConn Health Center who will participate in the live web chat with Dr. Runowicz. Dr. Levine is a gastroenterologist and a professor of medicine with the UConn School of Medicine. He has repeatedly been named among the “Best Doctors” in America.

The new Colon Cancer Prevention Program, he explained, is a unique, university-wide collaboration between basic physicians, scientists, social scientists and experts in nutrition, behavior change and health policy. The program offers men and women the most sophisticated technologies to help determine their risk of colon cancer including a very powerful colonoscope that can visualize microscopic changes on the surface of the colon years, or even decades, before these changes could lead to cancer.

In addition, the program provides essential information and support to help people lower their risk of colon cancer.

“Cancer prevention is more than one test. It’s a way of life,” Dr. Levine said. “We are inviting you to become our allies in cancer prevention so we can help you understand your risk factors and continue to lower your risk throughout your life.”

“The old adage about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure is true,” added Dr. Runowicz. “This program represents a new approach to health care with an emphasis on prevention – which is truly the new frontier of cancer research and care,” she said.

For more information about the Colon Cancer Prevention Program or to make an appointment, call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-4567.

To participate in the live web chat: log onto on Wednesday, March 29 at noon and look for a portal that will appear on the page. Simply enter a user name and click on "Connect". From there you will be taken to the live chat.

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