As part of March’s Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Shekhar Challa and Kansas Medical Clinic will debut the 10-feet wide by 13-feet tall by 20- feet long inflatable super colon during a radio remote Friday, March 27, titled “Rockin’ and Rollin’ with the KMC Super Colon”. Nash 102.9 will be at Kansas Medical Clinic Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Center of Topeka’s office at 2200 SW 6th Ave. from 4 until 6 p.m. with giveaways, yummy treats and an interactive look at the human colon. The event is designed to create awareness about colon cancer and to encourage those with risk factors to get a screening. In fact, 90 percent of colon cancers are preventable with a screening such as a colonoscopy.
Some more facts on colon cancer:
- Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the US.
- 90% of new cases and 95% of deaths from colon cancer occur in people 50 or older. However, colon cancer does not discriminate and can happen to men and women at any age.
- Jews of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi Jews) may have a higher rate of colon cancer.
- Partly because of disproportionate screening, African-American men and women have a higher risk of developing colon cancer and a lower survival rate (about 20% higher incidence rate and 45% higher mortality rate) compared to Caucasians, Asians, Hispanics and Native Americans.
- The five-year survival rate for colon cancer found at the local stage is 90%.
- The five-year survival rate for colon cancer found at the regional stage is 70%.
- The five-year survival rate for colon cancer found at the distant stage is 12%.
“We are excited to bring this fun and unique way to promote colon cancer screenings to the Topeka area,” said Sarah Legg, marketing director at KMC.