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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) partners with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," which features UMMS specialists who share their medical expertise with viewers all across Maryland.

UMMS guests appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7 p.m.

The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.

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Your Health/Maryland Public TV: Colorectal cancer

Monday, June 24, 2019, at 7 pm

On Maryland Public Television’s Direct Connection “Your Health” show on Monday, June 24th at 7 pm

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. Of those diagnosed with this cancer, 91 percent are over 50 years old, and the incidence has been dropping. But the rate has been increasing in adults under 50, and the death rate is also on the rise, even though colonoscopies are more common.

Dr. Andrea Bafford, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a colorectal surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss this disturbing trend and what might be causing it. She will also talk about diagnosing and treating colorectal cancer as well as screening and prevention.

Do you have a general question about colorectal cancer? During the show, call 1-800-926-0629 or email your question to