Have you registered for the Boxer Brief 5K race to raise awareness and funds for colorectal and other cancers?
This is a fun, family-friendly event that raises thousands of dollars for a great cause. All the funds raise stay local and help support cancer education, screening and treatment efforts in our own communities.
The 5K event is an extension of Hitting Cancer Below the Belt, HCB2, a non-profit organization founded by Mindy Conklin after her husband, Rich, died of colon cancer. Since forming the non-profit the number of events each year have grown, including a second Boxer Brief 5K in Blacksburg, VA earlier this year.
Colon cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States but is highly treatable when caught early. This makes education and awareness critical to saving lives.
So have you registered? Even Katie Couric supports HCB2, and while we can’t guarantee you’ll see any celebrities at the event you will see plenty of your favorite CRS providers and staff.
Register now online show up early on race day to join the fun. Or read more about how Colon and Rectal specialists works to prevent colon cancer in Central Virginia and beyond. With three convenient locations around Richmond our team of specialists provides colonoscopy screenings, treatment for colorectal cancer and more.
Colon cancer is the third leading cause of death in the United States but is highly preventable. Colorectal cancer can take years to develop, so when screenings, like colonoscopies, are performed regularly they can detect changes or polyps in the colon which can be removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer.
The event is sponsored by the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia in an efforts to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health issue. Come learn and engage with us and other local stakeholders at one or more of their events this March 2016. Read more
You hear us talk about March being Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, but do you know why?
In February 2000, President Clinton officially designated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. It continues to grow as more providers, patients and survivors talk about the issue, raise awareness and provide education about the importance of early screening to stop colon cancer before it starts.
Who Gets Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer generally is diagnosed in people over 50 but can happen at any age.
According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, while rates for colon cancer in adults 50 and older have been declining, incidence rates in adults younger than 50 years has been increasing.
Although many people think of it as primarily a men’s health risk this isn’t true. and does not discriminate between men and women.
While everyone over the age of 50 should be screened, those with a family history of colon cancer or other health issues, and those in high-risk groups are often screened before age 50.
What Is the Importance of Screening?
On average colon cancer can take years to develop and often starts as a small polyp on the lining of the colon. During routine screenings, like colonoscopies, polyps can be identified and removed before they turn into cancer.
If cancer is present, the earlier it is detected and managed, the greater chance of survival.
Colon cancer is currently the third leading cause of death in the United States, but when caught early and treated it the survival rate is close to 90%. Many colon cancer deaths can be prevented just by getting a simple colonoscopy.
What Can You Do?
Educate yourself about the risk factors and facts about colon cancer
Know your family health history
Ask your doctor when is the right time to begin colon cancer screenings
Don’t be afraid to talk about colon cancer with other people
Don’t avoid a colonoscopy because you think it might be unpleasant – it really isn’t that bad
Contact the surgeons at CRS for more information about colon cancer or to schedule a colonoscopy. It might just save your life.
In 2016 the American Cancer Society estimates there will be over 95,270 new colon cancer cases. The number of cases has continued to rise, making colorectal cancer the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, estimating 49,190 deaths in 2016.
Lauren is a Colon Cancer survivors. She was diagnosed at the age of 22 by Dr. Cary Gentry who performed surgery at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital. Today Lauren is cancer free, healthy and sharing her story with others. Read more
The Richmond Times Dispatch recently published an article written by Dr. Vorenberg about colon cancer which is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death but a topic few are willing to discuss. You can read the article below, or click to see read on the Richmond Times Dispatch website.
By Andrew J. Vorenberg, Published November 14, 2015
America loves a winner but reserves its lukewarm nods for anyone or anything that finishes second — the runner-ups. Consider the 2015 Super Bowl: Even though the Seattle Seahawks played a brilliant game, an errant pass by former Collegiate star Russell Wilson led to a big “L” for the Seahawks and a bigger “W” for Tom Brady and his winning Patriots.