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Dr. Frank Berger is the featured speaker for this month's EngenuitySC’s Science Café series! 

EngenuitySC’s popular Science Café series continues in September on the third Tuesday (instead of the second Tuesday) due to the Labor Day holiday. Our September 15th speaker, Dr. Frank Berger of USC's Center for Colon Cancer Research, will discuss “Colorectal Cancer: Assessing Progress And Opportunity”. Dr. Berger is decorated in awards in science and has had his work supported by more than $30 million in grants.

Join us September 15 at 6:00 pm and enjoy a free, engaging talk with a cold drink in a laid-back environment at Speakeasy in Five Points. All those 21+ are welcome.

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Arthur Coogler

Two South Carolinians die each day of colorectal cancer, and six more are diagnosed. This cancer can occur at any age, even with no family history, and it must be caught early to be cured. A colonoscopy picks up only about 65 percent of lesions, but it is the best we have.

Your doctor will determine when you need to start and how often you need a colonoscopy, based on your family and personal medical history. For average-risk patients (no symptoms or family history), colonoscopies generally start at age 50 (earlier for African-Americans) and are repeated every 10 years.

Jan Eberth, epidemiology and biostatistics, authored “The utility of Google Trends data to examine interest in cancer screening” in BMJ Open.  The article discusses the utility of January 2004 to April 2014 Google Trends data from information searches for cancer screenings and preparations as a complement to population screening data, which are traditionally estimated through costly population-level surveys.

Read the article here.