Colorectal Initiatives

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer National Awareness Month, the University of Puerto Rico and MD Anderson Cancer Center have partnered with NCI's Cancer Information Service, the American Cancer Society, the Puerto Rican Gastroenterology Association, the Oncology Nurses Society, the Puerto Rico Ostomy Association and Sanofi-Aventis, to establish a coalition to develop ongoing colorectal cancer projects promoting colorectal cancer prevention and early detection.

Save Our Parents

On April 27, 2006, the "Save Our Parents" event was held. This educational program targeted high school students through interactive hands-on models for colorectal cancer prevention. Students were also given contracts to sign with their parents urging them to undergo colorectal cancer screening.

Educate, Salva to Vida

A symposium for the prevention of colorectal cancer, "Educate, Salva to Vida", was held November 4, 2006. This public awareness symposium was the first of its kind to be held in Puerto Rico, co-sponsored by the Susan Cohen Kasdas Colon Cancer Foundation. The symposium offered lectures by oncologists, colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists, as well as a panel lecture composed of colorectal cancer survivors. The panel provided discussion on important aspects of diagnosis, treatment and living beyond colorectal cancer.

Super Colon Conference

"The Super Colon" was held on April 20-21, 2007. This event, was co-sponsored by the Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Puerto Rico Gastroenterology Association, the American Cancer Society (Puerto Rico Chapter), the NCI's Cancer Information Service, Universidad del Este and the Susan Cohen Kasdas Colon Cancer Foundation, in addition to several other local and national organizations. During this two-day event, a series of conferences on colon cancer were offered that focused on screening, medical and surgical treatment and healthy eating for cancer prevention. The event showcased the "Super Colon", which is an inflatable replica of a human colon, that has a walkway built into it. Participants were able to walk inside to see first-hand the effects of colorectal diseases. Several other hands-on exhibits including plastic teaching models of the human colon and how colonoscopies are performed were available. The event was open to the general public. Over 2,000 individuals attended the lectures and toured the Super Colon.