More than 500 Walkers, Runners Join M. D. Anderson Event to Highlight Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screenings
More than 500 survivors, caregivers, physicians, health care providers, patients and family members will be walking this Saturday to raise awareness of the importance of regular colorectal cancer screenings and raise dollars for colorectal cancer research and educational programs at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
This is the second year for the S.C.O.P.E. (Sprint for Colorectal Oncology Prevention and Education) event that will wind through portions of the Texas Medical Center, along Holcombe Blvd. and down Almeda Road to N. MacGregor. When the walkers and runners complete the course and return to M. D. Anderson, they will be greeted with music from a live band and a team of massage therapists. There will be special recognition of colorectal cancer .
Saturday, March 24
8 a.m. Adult 5K Run/Walk
9 a.m. Kids 1K Run/Walk
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
1220 Holcombe Blvd.
About Colon Cancer
The National Cancer Institute estimates that colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in more than 160,000 people in the United States in 2007. Though incidence rates decreased from 1998 through 2003, colorectal cancer remains the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined. Deaths from colorectal cancer also declined in the last year, due in part to a greater awareness of the disease and prevention strategies that include regular screenings. Men and women should begin annual screening for colorectal cancer at age 50. Those with a family history should contact their family physician for potentially earlier screening. When caught in the early stage, the five-year survival for colorectal cancer is 90%.