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Join us for the Colon Cancer Challenge!

Lexington Medical Center will hold its 5th annual Colon Cancer Challenge, a bike ride that raises awareness about colon cancer, on Saturday, March 29 in Irmo. Learn more about it – and colon cancer – in this interview on WIS-TV, featuring LMC VP of Community Relations Barbara Willm.

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LMC’s Colon Cancer Challenge 2014

Cyclists2Colon 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.

That’s why Lexington Medical Center will host its fifth annual Colon Cancer Challenge bike ride on Saturday, March 29, 2014. All proceeds will go to the LMC Colon Cancer Fund. Hundreds of people participate in the event each year.

“Lexington Medical Center is pleased that the Colon Cancer Challenge helps to provide colonoscopies for people in need in our community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center.

The Colon Cancer Challenge is set for March 29, 2014. The one-day bicycling event will feature 65-, 50-, 25- and 15- and 5-mile rides. Everything begins and ends at Dutch Fork Middle School, located at 1528 Old Tamah Road in Irmo.

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The 65- and 50-mile rides begin at 8:00 a.m; the 25-mile ride at 9:00 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 March 14: $40. Day of Event: $45. 5-mile Bike Ride: Early Registration: $20. After March 14: $25. Day of Event: $30.

This year’s Colon Cancer Challenge will also be a special tribute to Edwin Hudson, MD, a Lexington Medical Center radiologist and avid bike rider, who was killed in a tragic cycling accident last year.

Learn more and register here.

Here 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%.

Colon Cancer Challenge 2010: On A Roll to Raise Awareness

Lexington Medical Center hosted its first Colon Cancer Challenge, a bike ride to raise awareness and funds for colon cancer, on March 20, 2010 at Dutch Fork High School. Nearly 200 riders participated in a 65 mile ride, 25 mile ride and 5 and 10 mile family rides. All proceeds from the bike ride will pay for colonoscopies for patients who are uninsured or underinsured.

David Wright, a community leader and colon cancer survivor, emceed the event. Barbara Willm, LMC VP of Community Relations, was a key planner.

The bike ride came about as a result of a grant LMC received from the University of South Carolina to create and promote an event to raise awareness about colon cancer. Dr. March Seabrook, gastroenterologist, was one of the people behind the idea of a bike ride.

Here are some colon cancer facts from the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Cancer Society:

Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States.
• Nearly 800 South Carolinians die of colon cancer each year. But it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer – and curable – when detected early.
• 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%.