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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wear Blue Day was last week to raise awareness about colon cancer -- so guess what we did?

Team members at Johnston Memorial Hospital were decked out in blue last week to help raise awareness about colon cancer.

 

Here's some of the team at MSMG Internal Medicine of Abingdon.March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and Friday, March 3, was Wear Blue Day as designated by the Colon Cancer Alliance. People across the system were encouraged to wear blue to promote awareness about colon cancer. Thanks to everyone who sported some blue fashion for the cause!

 See more photos from around the system on Wear Blue Day.

Colon cancer has become the second-leading cancer cause of death in men. (Lung cancer continues to be the No. 1 cancer killer among men.) 

What do you need to know about colon cancer?

  • The non-changeable risk factors are your family cancer history, colon polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, and Type 2 diabetes.
  • Some risk factors like diet, life style and weight can be changed for the better. Keys parts of a preventive lifestyle include exercising three times a week, controlling your weight, and eating a high-fiber diet.
  • Colon cancer is treatable with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and biotherapy.
  • The 5- and 10-year survival rates for colorectal cancer are 65% and 58%, respectively.

If you want to learn more about colon cancer awareness, visit www.ccalliance.org/awareness-month.

 If you want to, support these events that help support cancer awareness and cancer patients through our Circle of Hope fund.

Victory Lap 3K, Sunday, March 19

The third annual Victory Lap 3K/5K will take place at Pleasant Valley Church on Brethren Church Road in Jonesborough. Support colon cancer awareness by donating to the Circle of Hope fund that makes things a little easier for cancer patients during their time of need. Receive a blue arm band for your donation. Walk, run or stroll three kilometers (about two miles) or 5K (about three miles). Drinks, snack and fun are included. Registration is 2:30 p.m. and the event starts at 3 p.m. Info: Stacie Davis, clinical educator for oncology services, at davissl1818@gmail.com or 423-426-1818.

Cancer awareness wreaths

Handmade church wreaths, with blue in the design, are also on sale with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Circle of Hope fund, which primarily provides gas cards for patients receiving cancer treatment, anti-nausea medications and more. Other cancer colors are available upon request. Contact Stacie at davissl1818@gmail.com or 423-426-1818.