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Mayor Reichert Proclamation to Launch Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Mayor Reichert Proclamation to Launch Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

MCCG Will Educate About the Importance of Screenings, Wellness 

MACON, GA (Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012) – A proclamation by Macon mayor Robert Reichert at 2 p.m. on Friday will launch The Medical Center of Central Georgia's initiative during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Mayor Reichert, with clinicians and employees of the Cancer Life Center, at his office in City Hall will proclaim March as a time for awareness and education about the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this country.

It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control that as many as 60 percent of colorectal cancer-related deaths could be prevented if all men and women aged 50 years and older were screened routinely. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best. These routine screenings are available at the Cancer Life Center, 1014 Forsyth St. Those interested in receiving a colonoscopy should contact their physician for a referral. The 250th person screened in March will receive a $100 gift card to Carrabba's.

MCCG will host two events during the month:

What a Family History of Colon Cancer Could Mean For You

If you or a family member has had a colon, rectal or endometrial cancer diagnosis, we invite you to this complimentary event on Monday, March 12 at 12 p.m. with speakers Dr. Joel Judah and Genetic Counselor Christine Delaney. It is at Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave.

Nutrition: A Vital Link in Colon Cancer Prevention

It is estimated 70 percent of colon cancer cases could be prevented with lifestyle changes. Join Courtney Mosser, RD, LD, on Tuesday, March 13 at 5 p.m. at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Rd., to discuss some basic diet alterations that can reduce your risk of cancer in general and colon cancer specifically.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 6 – (478) 633-4733.