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Author: Aaron Parrish, MD

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JSV Women's community presentation on colon cancer

JSV Women’s Community Presents

Join us to talk about survival, persistence and tenacity. Featuring, cancer THRIVER Jenessa Schwartz in an honest, uncensored conversation about what it takes to live through stage 4 colon cancer.

Skilled, compassionate surgeon, Aaron Parish will be joining us as an expert on colorectal health and early detection.

Outdoor Reception 6:00-6:30pm
Lecture 6:00-7:30pm 

At the Addison-Penzak JCC Auditorium.
Masks will be required inside; seating will accommodate safe distancing.

RSVP Required

Jenessa Schwartz

Jenessa Schwartz is the mother of two adorable redheads and partner to a high school physics teacher, also adorable. She lives ensconced in her village of grandparents, aunties, uncles, and forever friends, whom she could not live without. She is a middle school language arts teacher, surrogate mother and stage-four cancer thriver. She loves talking about her surrogacy and cancer experiences, partly because she is a middle child and needs the attention, but mostly because both surrogacy and colon cancer deserve the air-time.

Aaron Parish, M.D. is a Colorectal Surgeon, specializing in colonoscopy, robotic abdominal procedures, and proctology. His passion for the field was developed as a surgical resident in Los Angeles. Originally from Saratoga, he returned to the South Bay Area with his wife Jennifer, an intensive care physician at Good Samaritan Hospital, to start their family with daughter Ava.

Aaron Parish, MD


Colonoscopy Age Changes

Schedule Your Colonoscopy Today!

Colorectal cancer incidence has been increasing for those less than 50 years of age, which is a huge problem since screening has traditionally began at age 50.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has now joined the American Cancer Society in recommending screening colonoscopy to start at age 45. This will now require all insurers to cover screening colonoscopy starting at age 45 instead of at age 50.

You can find more information at:


American Cancer Society

Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Your Colonoscopy

“Don’t rush me; I’m waiting for the last minute,” might be the mantra of the procrastinator, but it’s not a recipe for a healthy life when it comes to scheduling a colonoscopy. You may have heard all kinds of nightmare stories from friends, but that dreaded anticipation is always worse than reality. If Dr. Aaron Parrish has recommended you have one, here are real reasons why you shouldn’t put off your colonoscopy. Banish your inner procrastinator and just do make it happen!

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