The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Lifestyles

March 19, 2014

Mercy recognizes Colorectal Cancer Awareness

CLINTON — Mercy Medical Center and staff members at Mercy Specialty Clinic will be wearing blue on Friday, March 21, in support of those who are facing colon cancer or have friends and family who have been affected by the disease.

In addition, from 1 to 3 p.m. on that day, an information table will be located in the main lobby of Mercy – North Campus to help promote the awareness of how screenings can help to detect precancerous polyps and find cancer early, when treatment is most effective.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if individuals 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer — cancer of the colon or rectum — is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to the CDC. It is also one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States.

The CDC website, www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal, provides information about the disease and the benefits of colorectal cancer screening. While the risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age, it is reported that more than 90 percent of cases occur in people aged 50 or older.

“That’s why we are offering information at Mercy – North Campus on March 21,” said Kim Pennock, RN, with Mercy Specialty Clinic. “We will be there to talk with people about their concerns that they may have and answer questions. Screening is so important and when cancerous or precancerous cells are identified early, treatment can be very effective and lifesaving.”

For more information about colorectal cancer, stop by the information booth on Friday, March 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. or call the Mercy Specialty Clinic at 244-5900.

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