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SCOPE Fun Run Brings Hope and Encouragement

Annual M. D. Anderson Event Highlights Colorectal Cancer Prevention

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center 03/03/08

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To highlight the importance of colorectal cancer screening and to support those with colon cancer, more than 900 runners and walkers from across the country are expected to participate in the third annual Sprint for Colorectal Oncology Prevention and Education (SCOPE) on Saturday, March 29.

Starting at 8 a.m., cancer survivors, patients, healthcare professionals and supporters will raise funds for colorectal cancer prevention and educational programs at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

"Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer among men and women as well as the second leading cause of cancer-related death," said Cathy Eng, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology at M. D. Anderson. "We want to make the community aware that this is also one of the most preventable cancers and acknowledge our survivors who are living with this disease."

The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 149,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 49,000 will die from the disease in 2008. To help prevent colorectal cancer, individuals should practice healthy eating habits and exercise. Because this disease can affect anyone, regardless of health or family history, completing a colonoscopy at age 50 is essential, Eng said.

"A colonoscopy should be a part of one's standard of care," Eng said. "I will be pleased if I see fewer cases this year because of an increase in screening. About 85 percent of colorectal cancer cases are sporadic and not attributable to hereditary risk factors, so it's important that everyone be screened. 03/03/08

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