September 13, 2018 – Problems with the digestive tract are common
and can vary in seriousness from occasional heartburn and gluten sensitivity,
to colon polyps, cancer, pancreatitis or chronic liver disease. In particular,
fatty liver disease, colon cancer, and gastroesophageal reflux disease
(GERD)-related esophageal cancer are becoming widespread and are largely
preventable with appropriate screening. In the last few years rapid advancements
in technology and disease-state understanding have allowed gastroenterologists
to become increasingly involved in endoscopic (incision-less) interventions
in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract for diagnosis and treatment of precancerous
conditions, GERD and obesity.
On Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12 to 1 p.m.,
D. Eli Penn, M.D., board-certified gastroenterologist with
Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Gastroenterology, will present a Lunch and Learn For Your Health lecture at the Golden
Isles YMCA. His presentation, “Why You Need a Gastroenterologist,”
will discuss how gastroenterologists are trained to examine and manage
issues that affect the organs of the digestive tract, including the esophagus,
stomach, colon, pancreas and liver. This lecture will offer important
information on cancer prevention, how to manage GERD, treating liver disease and more.
The Golden Isles YMCA is located at 144 Scranton Connector, Brunswick.
Seating is limited and pre-registration is required by calling the YMCA
at 912-265-4100. A YMCA membership is not required to attend; the Lunch
and Learn is open to the public, and lunch will be provided by Grandy’s
at no charge to attendees.