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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Walk/Run

Evansville Cancer Center was proud to support Gastroenterology Associates' Colon Cancer Awareness Walk/Run on Saturday, April 7th at 9:00 am which started and finished at the Comfort Inn. The Walk/Run was planned by Gastroenterology Associates to continue to raise the awareness of colorectal cancer.

New data is showing that the colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as colon cancer) death rate has dropped more than any other type of cancer in 2003-2004. However, colorectal cancer continues to be the second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S., with only 10% of people who are diagnosed with the most advanced stage of cancer (once it has spread from the colon to organs such as the liver and lungs) surviving five years.

'When detected early, it is among the most treatable of all cancers, with a 90% success rate. Screening also allows for the detection and removal of potentially pre-cancerous growths, called polyps, preventing the development of colorectal cancer,' states Gardar Gislason, M.D. of Gastroenterology Associates.

The Colon Cancer Awareness Walk/Run featured a 2.2 mile runners division, 2.2 mile racewalk division, 2.2 mile challenged athlete division (for wheelchaired, handcycle or disabled), 2.2 mile team relay division, a one mile walk, and a Kid's Easter Dash. Event organizer Jim Bush is hoping to make this an annual event and planned the walk/run to be plenty of fun for the entire family.

Educational materials on colorectal cancer, colorectal survivors, and physicians were on hand to answer any question the public had regarding colorectal cancer. An awards ceremony and post race party immediately followed.

And they're off!

Just "clowning" around!

Walkers and runners get educational
info before the beginning of the race.

Colorectal Cancer survivor
William Johnson and friend.

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