Moffitt Cancer Center Hosts Free Lunch Program on Colorectal Cancer

October 21, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. Moffitt Cancer Center will offer the fifth in a series of free cancer education lunch programs called “De Moffitt a Puerto Rico: Charlas sobre cáncer” at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15. This program, presented in Spanish, will focus on the latest advances in early detection and treatments for colorectal cancer. The event will be held at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, 1309 Ashford Ave., San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer, excluding skin cancers, diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, according to American Cancer Society. More than 100,000 new cases of colon cancer and more than 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2013, with an estimated 10,400 combined cases of the diseases affecting Hispanics.

At this free event, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk one-on-one with a top expert in the field of colorectal cancer research and treatment from Moffitt – the only Florida-based Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute.

David Shibata, M.D., a surgical oncologist and chief of the section of colorectal oncology in the Gastrointestinal Oncology Department at Moffitt, will discuss the latest on early detection methods, screenings and new treatments for colorectal cancer. The Puerto Rico Advisory Council for Moffitt Cancer Centeris hosting the program.

Lunch will be provided. Parking and door prizes are included. To register, please call 1-800-456-3434, ext. 8550, or email indicating your full name and phone number, as well as the number of attendees.

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 1 cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,200 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $2 billion. For more information, visit, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.