Breaking the silence that surrounds gut health and colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer is our country's second leading cancer killer in men and women, and unfortunately diagnosis is rising considerably in the younger community. Many patients are being diagnosed in the advanced stages where survival rates can be as low as 14%. We need to raise the level of conversation about colorectal cancer to prevent this disease from taking anymore lives. Hitting Cancer Below the Belt's Can We Talk? presentation will help break the silence that surrounds colorectal cancer. The discussion will address signs and symptoms not to ignore, current screening options, prevention strategies, and how to communicate with your family and doctor.
More about our speakers, Mindy Conklin, MS, MEd. and Renee Malone, MPH.
Melinda (Mindy) Conklin has worked in the health and wellness industry for over 25 years. She has a master?s degree from Virginia Tech in Human Development, a master?s degree in Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, and she is a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist. Melinda lost her young husband to colorectal cancer in 2011. After her loss, she left her career as a mental health clinician and she founded Hitting Cancer Below the Belt - a Richmond, Virginia based nonprofit organization dedicated to colon health and cancer prevention. Melinda?s personal experience and professional background in the service field of mental, emotional, and physical wellness has prepared her to identify community needs and has produced a strong skill set which encompasses the ability to plan, create, and bridge resources which positively impact individual and community health. Hitting Cancer Below the Belt began serving the Richmond community in 2013 and continues to expand its messages and services across the state of Virginia.
Renee is the program director for HCB2. She holds a Master of Public Health degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Sociology. With a career that spans 15 years serving populations in need, she joined the cancer prevention and early detection movement in 2010. Renee is particularly passionate about the nutritional, environmental and socioeconomic factors that affect cancer risk and overall wellbeing. Through her work with HCB2, she is dedicated to helping bridge the information and service gaps experienced by many so that all may pursue optimal health as unimpeded as possible. For more information, please visit HCB2.org or contact Renee at firstname.lastname@example.org.