The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has been awarded
$50,000 raised during last March's "Get Your Rear in Gear" 5K walk/run in Raleigh. The event was sponsored by the non-profit Colon Cancer Coalition to “support the development of interventions to promote colon cancer screening in primary care settings that serve diverse, vulnerable patient populations.”
"I'm absolutely delighted to receive this support from the Colon Cancer Coalition," said Dan Reuland, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology and UNC
Lineberger member. "With this funding, we will be able to better reach vulnerable populations to increase access to screening tests and ease some of the barriers associated with language, culture and literacy."
In turn, Anne Carlson, executive director for the Cancer Coalition stated "We are thrilled to partner with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and assist them with their efforts to serve these populations. "We look forward to the seeing the strides they can make in reducing some barriers to colon cancer screening."
“Get Your Rear in Gear” 5K events are presented throughout the United States to awareness of the disease and bring educational, treatment and preventions opportunities to those who are under-insured or uninsured. To date the Colon Cancer Coalition has distributed over $1.5 million from them back into local communities for colon cancer education, prevention, and screening. Volunteers run all events.
“By making the words colon, colorectal and colonoscopy a part of the everyday language, we believe we can overcome the fear and decrease deaths from this largely preventable cancer,” emphasized Carlson.
Get Your Rear in Gear - Raleigh is organized by volunteers from Raleigh Endoscopy Center. The next 5K run/walk there will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014. However, those interested in participating can register now. For more information contact the Colon Cancer Coalition at 5666 Lincoln Dr., Suite 270, Edina, MN 55436 952 378-1237.
Note: Colon cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer in men and 4th in women in the U.S. Risk factors for colorectal cancer include heredity, colon polyps, and long-standing ulcerative colitis.