On A Roll to Raise Awarness About Colon Cancer

Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States? The American Cancer Society estimates that 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.

Lexington Medical Center will host its second annual Colon Cancer Challenge, a bike ride to raise awareness and funds for colon cancer. Proceeds from the bike ride will pay for colonoscopies for patients who are uninsured or underinsured. More than 200 bikers are expected to participate. Last year’s event raised $10,000 and provided 25 colonoscopies.

The Colon Cancer Challenge is set for March 26, 2011. The one-day bicycling event will feature a 65 mile ride, 25 mile ride and 10 and 5 mile rides. The rides begin from Dutch Fork High School. There will also be fun activities for families throughout the day and vendors.
Registration for the 65 and 25 mile rides is $35; the 5 and 10 mile rides are $15; children ages 12 and younger are $5. You can find out more information and register online at the hospital’s Web site, www.lexmed.com.
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The 65-mile ride begins at 8:00 a.m. The 25-mile ride begins at 9:00 a.m. The Family Fun Ride begins at 10:00 a.m.

“Lexington Medical Center enjoys opportunities to educate our community members about important topics related to their health,” said Barbara Willm, Lexington Medical Center Vice President of Community Relations. “We hope that the Colon Cancer Challenge will encourage people to be screened for colon cancer and help to provide free screenings for many people.”

Here are some colon cancer facts from the American College of Gastroenterology:
• 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%.

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