The fact is simple – the number one way to prevent colon cancer is to have a colonoscopy. But even with the availability of this simple procedure,colon cancer is still the third most common cancer among men and women in the U.S., and the second leading cause of cancer death.
Each year, about 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed and about 50,000 people die due to cancer of the colon and rectum.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – a perfect time to be sure that you and your family are up to date with colon and rectal cancer screening.
On March 6 and 27, Adena physicians, Dr. Michael Fealk and Dr. Wayne Coats will be holding question and answer sessions about colon cancer awareness. Sessions will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Adena First Capital Internal Medicine, located in Suite 115 of the Adena Health Pavilion, located on the campus of Adena Regional Medical Center. The sessions are intended to emphasize the importance of early screening and appropriate treatment, as well as to reinforce the fact that cancer of the colon and rectum is preventable with appropriate screening.
Adena is also hosting the annual Colon Cancer Awareness Run/Walk on March 30 at Yoctangee Park in Chillicothe. The race starts at 10 a.m. with packet pickup and registration beginning at 9 a.m. in the Easter Seals Shelter, located near the Pump House Art Gallery. The pre-registration deadline is Saturday, March 23. There is a $15 per person entry fee, which includes a free T-shirt and a raffle ticket. Prizes will be awarded including a Kindle Fire HD.
Non-racers may purchase raffle tickets beginning March 1 in the Adena Regional Medical Center Gift Shop or the Adena Cancer Center. All proceeds from the event benefit the Adena Health Foundation’s Cancer Care Fund. The Fund provides money to assist in purchasing advanced medical equipment, patient initiatives and support groups at the Adena Cancer Center.
Contact Kim Buchanan at 740-779-8307 with questions.