Hey Philly, It’s Time to Get Your Rear in Gear!

Maria Grasso of GYRIG-Philadelphia with Drs. Edith Mitchell, Scott Goldstein and Richard Pestell of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

Maria Grasso of GYRIG-Philadelphia with Drs. Edith Mitchell, Scott Goldstein and Richard Pestell of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

Did you know March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month?

Each year more than 140,000 people in this country are diagnosed with colorectal cancer. It is one of the most common types of cancer in both men and women.

A key thing to keep in mind is the importance of colonoscopy screening.

In 2012, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that nearly 12,000 people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey were diagnosed with colon and rectal cancers.

For the last two decades, however, the rate of colorectal cancers have declined in part due to screening colonoscopy which can both detect early stage cancer and remove polyps before they become cancer.

Most of us know someone who has been affected by colorectal cancer. Now’s the time to help.

Join with Jefferson and Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia on March 17th for 5K and 10K runs, a 2 mile walk and a kids’ fun run. The money raised by this event stays in the region to support prevention, early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer.

Colonoscopy is the gold standard for screening and prevention of colorectal cancer, but far too many people don’t get screened.

Together we can change that. Join Team Jefferson and others for the race and remember if you are, or someone you care about is, due – or overdue – to have a colonoscopy, it can be a life saver!

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