March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – a time to be sure that you and your family are up to date with colon and rectal cancer screenings.
To help raise awareness of colon and rectal screening importance, Adena will host its annual Adena Colon Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 19 at Yoctangee Park, located in Chillicothe. Event organizers hope to raise awareness about colon cancer. With appropriate screening, colon cancer can be detected early or even prevented in many cases.
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. The number one way to prevent colon cancer is to have a colonoscopy. However, 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.
If you are over the age of 50, discuss a colonoscopy with your primary care physician. If you need a primary care physician, browse our physician search page.
The Adena Colon Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk begins at 11 a.m. Packet pickup and registration begins at 10 a.m. in the Easter Seals Shelter, near the Pump House art gallery. There is a $15 per person entry fee, which includes a T-shirt and a ticket for a door prize.
Pre-register online by Wednesday, April 2 at https://2014coloncancer5k.eventbrite.com. All proceeds from the 5K will benefit the Adena Health Foundation’s Cancer Care Fund. The Fund provides assistance to the Adena Cancer Center in purchasing advanced medical equipment, funding patient initiatives and sponsoring support groups.
Contact Kim Buchanan at (740) 779-8307 if you have questions about the event.