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CHI Health St. Elizabeth Reminds Men and Women that Colon Cancer Awareness Matters

February 08 2016

This March, CHI Health St. Elizabeth and the Lincoln Stars Hockey team have teamed up to remind the community that colon cancer awareness matters. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the country but is considered to be very treatable if caught in the early stages.

That’s the message at a colon cancer awareness event CHI Health St. Elizabeth is hosting on Thursday, March 3. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is open to anyone interested in learning more about colon cancer as well as colorectal cancer survivors and their guests. The Lincoln Stars will help the St. Elizabeth cancer care team honor cancer survivors, and they will be available to visit with guests.

“March is colorectal cancer awareness month,” says Mike Hopkins, director of oncology services at CHI Health St. Elizabeth. “We want the Lincoln community to understand that everyone is at risk for colon cancer. That is why it is so important to get screened, know the warning signs and learn your family history.”

The Strollin’ Colon, a walk-through, inflatable model of a colon, will be on display. The educational exhibit magnifies the appearance of a human colon, revealing polyps and offering a look at healthy and non-healthy colon tissue. It helps individuals gain an understanding about colon health and the risks, symptoms, prevention and early detection for colorectal cancer.

In addition, William Lawton, MD, gastroenterologist, will talk about digestive health and the importance of learning more about colon cancer. Other health care professionals will also be on-hand to answer questions and give tours of the endoscopy department, which performs colonoscopies, the leading screening test to detect colon cancer.

“Many people have no symptoms of colorectal cancer, which is why routine screenings are so important,” says Dr. William Lawton. “Colorectal cancer is highly treatable when found early. Screening tests can find colorectal growths, or polyps, so they can be removed before they become cancerous.”

According to the American Cancer Society, this year it is estimated that nearly 135,000 cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed.

St. Elizabeth is asking the community to join them for this free event. Guests will enjoy a light dinner and musical entertainment.