SLUCare gastroenterologists Jennifer LaBundy, M.D. and Mary S. Burton, M.D., will share information about colorectal cancer and irritable bowel syndrome at the upcoming 60-Minute Check-Up, sponsored by SLUCare, the physician practice of Saint Louis University, and the St. Louis County Library.
In the U.S., more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. Burton will share information about risk factors and treatment, as well as screening recommendations.
In addition, LaBundy will talk about irritable bowel syndrome and explain which symptoms should prompt you to see your doctor. Fewer than half of those with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome seek medical help.
"When it comes to irritable bowel syndrome, we use symptom criteria to diagnose the condition, and so we can determine whether symptoms like stomach pain and discomfort are, in fact, caused by IBS," says LaBundy. "The good news is that IBS doesn't lead to cancer or other more serious health problems, which can be a relief for people to know.
"When IBS is causing patients to suffer and it's affecting their quality of life, we try to alleviate their symptoms with approaches like medication or a change in diet."
The 60-Minute Check-Up will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters, located at 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Also at the 60-Minute Check-Up, St. Louis County Library reference manager Christina Pryor will talk about library resources available to help people improve their health, and SLUCare will provide free blood pressure screenings.
The free Community Health Literacy Series is part of the department of internal medicine's yearlong centennial celebration. The events are designed to provide information to keep you healthy as well as resources to help you learn more about health-related issues.
Because space is limited, reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, call the St. Louis County Library at 314-994-3300.
Read more about the department of internal medicine's yearlong centennial celebration.
SLUCare, the physician practice of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is the only academic medical practice in St. Louis that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. This accreditation is a voluntary process through which the quality of SLUCare services and performance is measured against nationally recognized standards. To schedule an appointment, call 314-977-4440 or 1-866-977-4440. More information is available at www.slucare.edu.