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The Medical Center of Central Georgia Seeks to Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

The Medical Center of Central Georgia Seeks to Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Events Scheduled to Provide Education about Valuable Screenings, Wellness 

MACON, GA (Thursday, February 26, 2014) – Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in cancers affecting both men and women.  Colorectal cancer is particularly prevalent in Bibb County, one of 10 counties in Georgia with the highest incidence rates for African-American colorectal cancer. African-Americans in general experience higher incidence rates of colorectal cancer than any other race.

Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in the U.S. but as many as 80 percent of these cases could be prevented if all men and women age 50 years and older were routinely screened. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screenings can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatments work best.

In order to educate the community about risk, screenings and other preventative measures, The Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will host the following events during the month of March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month:

  • Mayoral Proclamation for Colon Cancer Awareness Month – Monday, March 3

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will proclaim March “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” at a ceremony at Macon City Hall at 11:00 a.m.

  • National Dress In Blue Day – Thursday, March 7

The community is encouraged to wear blue in order to raise colorectal cancer awareness. The All Spice Cafeteria at MCCG will also serve special blue foods, have colorectal cancer displays, and special surprise entertainment.

  • “Keep Your Colon in the Pink” Lunch and Learn Event – Monday, March 10

The community is invited to visit Vineville United Methodist Church in Macon at 12:00 p.m. for a lunch and learn event. Topics of discussion include “What Does My Family’s Colon Cancer Mean for Me,” “Colon Cancer: A Patient’s Perspective” and “Colon Cancer: What is it? How do you detect it? What does family history mean for you?” Please call 478.633.8537 for reservations. Lunch will be provided.

In addition to these events, the 50th person and the 100th person screened for colorectal cancer at MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services during the month of March will receive a $50 Fresh Market gift card. The American Cancer Society recommends a colonoscopy screening for everyone over the age of 50, especially those who have a family history of colon cancer. To schedule a colonoscopy at MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services, contact your physician for a referral.


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