National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Event

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center invites you to take a stroll through our new 20-foot-long inflatable replica of the human colon – it just may someday save your life.

Through proper screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. It is our hope that traveling through the interactive colon might lessen the fear of colonoscopy by showing the benefits of early detection and polyp removal, greatly improving survival for the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.

In addition to the inflatable colon, the da Vinci Surgical System robot will also be available for the public to “test drive.” The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to help surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery, including surgery for colorectal cancer, through the control of specialized instruments and a miniaturized camera, resulting in shorter recovery times, less risk of infection and less pain for patients.

Throughout the event, Mark E. Gilder, MD, colon and rectal surgeon at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and member of Barnabas Health Medical Group, along with staff from The Cancer Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center will be available to answer questions about colon health, disease prevention and screenings, and available treatments for colon diseases.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Cooperman Family Pavilion at Saint Barnabas Medical Center

94 Old Short Hills Road

Livingston, NJ 07039

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