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Register for the Colon Cancer Challenge Bike Ride

Lexington Medical Center will host its sixth annual Colon Cancer Challenge bike ride on Saturday, April 18, 2015. The one-day bicycling event will feature 65-, 50-, 25- and 15- and 5-mile rides that begin and end at Dutch Fork Middle School in Irmo. Hundreds of people participate in the event each year. All proceeds will go to the Lexington Medical Center Colon Cancer Fund, which provides screening colonoscopies for people who are uninsured or underserved.

bike ride“Lexington Medical Center is pleased that the Colon Cancer Challenge has provided dozens of important screening colonoscopies for people in need in our community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “The bike ride is also a fun event for the whole family that support a healthy lifestyle.”

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Each year, more than 2,000 South Carolinians are diagnosed with colon cancer and 800 die from the disease. But it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer – and treatable when detected early. Unfortunately, not everyone receives proper screening.

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The 65- and 50-mile rides begin at 8:00 a.m; the 25-mile ride at 8:30 a.m; the15-mile ride at 9:30 a.m; and the 5-mile ride at 10:00 a.m. Lunch for bike riders will be served at 11:00 a.m.

60-, 50-, 25- and 15-mile Bike Rides: Early Registration: $35. After April 14: $40. Day of Event: $45. 5-mile Bike Ride: Early Registration: $20. After April 14: $25. Day of Event: $30.

Learn more and register at www.LMCColonCancerChallenge.com.

bicylistHere are some colon cancer facts from the American College of Gastroenterology:
·Colon cancer is the only form of cancer that is preventable.
·The best way to screen for colon cancer is a colonoscopy, which is an examination of the large intestine using a lighted tube.
·Colonnoscopy is among the most powerful tools in clinical medicine, because of its excellent potential to identify and permit removal of polyps before they turn into cancer.
·In general, doctors recommend that people undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50. African-Americans should begin screening at age 45.
·Early detection and intervention can reduce mortality from colon cancer by up to 90%.

What To Expect When You’re Not Expecting It

Dr. Nichole McDonald, OB/GYN at Lexington Women’s Care, was a guest on WLTX recently to talk about “What To Expect When You’re Not Expecting It.” The discussion centered around everything you wish you knew, but no one ever told you. Check it out in the link below.

Here are a few notes from Dr. McDonald’s interview:

~Puberty begins in African American girls around age 8 or 9, and in Caucasian girls around age 10. It’s important that parents help walk them through their daughters through those changes.

~A woman should see her gynecologist once each year, beginning when she becomes sexually active or between the ages of 18 and 21.

~We begin screening for cervical cancer at age 21. As long as pap smears are normal, we now screen every 3 to 5 years.

~During pregnancy, nausea and vomiting are typical early in pregnancy. But if it causes more than 10 pounds of weight loss, call your doctor. And, if you feel regular tightening of your abdomen before 34 weeks gestation, you should call your doctor.

~Before menopause begins, women will begin noticing changes in their menstrual cycle – the cycle will become more erratic and irregular. Menopause occurs when a woman goes one year without a menstrual cycle.

~Bone density is a measure of the amount of mineralization of a bone per cubic centimeter. When a woman starts to have thinning of the bones, we start worrying about osteoporosis. We begin screening for that around age 65. Women should get a good amount of calcium throughout their life to prevent osteoporosis. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

What To Expect When You’re Not Expecting It

Women go through a lot of changes during their lifetime. Some of them are unexpected and can be scary. In our hospital’s FREE physician lecture this month, Dr. Nichole McDonald will cover everything you wish you knew – but no one told you. Call you mothers, daughters and girlfriends. From puberty to menopause, Dr. McDonald will share a wealth of knowledge for women in all stages of life.

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