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Dr. Paul DeMartino gets frustrated at times when talking about Colorectal Cancer because it’s often preventable, treatable and beatable and in most cases can be detected quite easily.

Despite that it’s the second leading cancer killer in the United States but as the Toms River Gastroenterologist will tell anyone willing to listen it does not have to be.  Unless there is family history starting at age 50 men and women should have a routine colonoscopy done which is the simplest way to detect this form of cancer which can develop with little or no symptoms. 

Today Dr. DeMartino and others will be on hand for the 12th Annual Colorectal Cancer Awareness Fair in the outpatient lobby of Community Medical Center, an event he has chaired since its inception. From 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. you will have the opportunity to meet physicians and nurses who can answer questions to help you get a better understanding of everything from risk factors to the importance of early detection. 

There will even be a Colonoscopy demonstration; no jokes here.  Parking is free for those attending and there will be prize drawings but the best part is you’ll get information which might save your life.  In addition tonight from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Community Medical Center will offer a symposium in which Dr. DeMartino will be one of the featured speakers to discuss topics important to colorectal cancer awareness.  Dinner and free parking will be provided but you must call to register as seating is limited.  The number to call is 1-888-724-7123.

The basketball seasons for the Monmouth University men and the St. John Vianney girl’s teams ended in rather different fashions Monday night.  The Hawks best-ever Division 1 season ended with a 16-point loss to George Washington in the second round of the NIT while the Lady Lancers captured the Tournament of Champions crown with a 65-58 double-overtime win over rival Manasquan.

Monmouth brought national attention to the school during a 28-8 season and loses only one senior starter.   Meanwhile St. John Vianney concludes a 31-1 season with their 7th TOC title and first since 2009 as they beat the Warriors for the fourth time this season.  The good news for Manasquan is all their top players return next year.