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NASDAQ invites Dr. Indrakrishnan for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

May 2013
NASDAQ invites Dr. Indrakrishnan for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Since March was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, NASDAQ invited Dr. Indran Indrakrishnan, from the board of directors of the nonprofit Fight Colorectal Cancer, to ring the opening bell on March 25th in Times Square, NY, to honor and recognize its service and to increase colon cancer awareness among the public. Dr. Indrakrishnan, an adjunct clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and a practicing gastroenterologist in Lawrenceville with a special interest in colon cancer screening, also met with colon cancer survivors and families of patients who died of colon cancer, who had flown in from many parts of the country for this event.

Fight Colorectal Cancer offers support for patients, family members, and caregivers, promotes research, and serves as a resource for colorectal cancer advocates, policymakers, medical professionals, and healthcare providers. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the US. Compliance for screening is poor in the Indian community, presumably due to a common false belief that vegetarians do not get colon cancer. Removal of polyps by colonoscopy is key in prevention. Diets rich in fiber, vegetables, and fruits but low in meats and fats have antioxidants which can neutralize free radicals thought to be promoters of colon cancer and polyps. Supplements such as folic acid, calcium, and low-dose aspirin appear to have a protective effect. Regular physical exercise and avoiding tobacco products also helps in reducing the risk of colon cancer.

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