ACS and Greater Family Health Offer a Free “Colon Cancer Prevention and Early Detection” Event in Elgin

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Hispanics in the United States, yet it’s preventable and detectable at an early stage.

The American Cancer Society and Greater Family Health would like to extend an invitation to males and females between the ages of 40 and 70 to participate in an educational event to learn more about colorectal cancer, how to prevent it, and the tests available for early detection.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Greater Family Health. The program will be presented in Spanish. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with clinical experts and learn more about the services offered by Greater Family Health.

“Colorectal cancer is one of the top killers for all groups. Screening for this disease can be effective and can save lives” said Greater Family Health Medical Director Dr. Mark Thompson. “Yet to make this screening happen, patients need to be motivated. Such events like this will help increase awareness and motivate patients to carry through with this screening process and hopefully catch this disease in an early stage when it is much more curable.”

About the American Cancer Society:

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 23 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit

About Greater Family Health:

Greater Family Health offers health care services via 25 health care access points, nine of which are full-time Health Centers in Elgin, Hanover Park, McHenry, Streamwood, Sycamore and Wheeling. The organization offers Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Family Medicine, Psychiatry/Behavioral Health, Dental Care and an array of supportive services. In 2016, Greater Family Health practitioners provided care to over 45,000 patients via more than 155,000 medical and dental visits.

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