DC Patient Advocate wanted to discuss a great event we took part in yesterday: the annual “Scope it Out” 5K to promote colon cancer awareness. As written on runwashington.com:
No matter; this race was all about awareness of a deadly cancer that can, in many cases, may be prevented by vigilant screening. The race was about raising money to find a cure. Just as with the other major “Cure” events, 05-01-11 Race for Hope – DC Presented by Cassidy Turley to benefit the Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (Washington, DC) and the largest of all the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure set for June 4, 2011 in Washington, DC, this event brings caring, sharing people who want to find a cure.
The event had close to 2,000 finishers and nearly twice as many men as women. Nearly all of the runners that moved down Pennsylvania Avenue after crossing the ChronoTrack starting mats were there to celebrate survival of loved ones and the determination to move forward to a cure.
More info about colon cancer and the Scope it Out 5K can be found at http://www.chris4life.org/, where donations can be made also. Chris4Life also provides a couple facts about colon cancer to be aware of:
- Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. More than 145,000 new cases were diagnosed this year, and more than 49,000 people died from this disease each year over the past 5 years.
- Young people can get colon cancer too! Do not wait to be screened.
- With early detection, colorectal cancer is preventable. Colonoscopies remove polyps on the spot.
- if you have a history of colon cancer in your family it is reccomended that you have a colonoscopy at age 40.
- Colorectal screening is imperative for everyone at age 50. Please see the most up to date screening guidelines to learn how to prevent this disease.
- Women with a history of ovarian, uterine, or breast cancer have a higher than average chance of developing colorectal cancer.
- Patients with a family history of the disease more likely to develop this type of cancer themselves.
- Colorectal cancer may be associated with high dietary consumption of red and processed meats and low consumption of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- A sedentary lifestyle may be associated with an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.
- Cigarette smoking, particularly long-term smoking, increases the risk of colorectal cancer.
Donate now and help promote awareness and potentially a cure for colon cancer.