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MCCG Encourages Those Over Age 50 to Obtain Colorectal Screenings

MCCG Encourages Those Over Age 50 to Obtain Colorectal Screenings

Cancer Life Center Targets African-American Community

MACON, GA (June 11, 2012) – The Cancer Life Center at the Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is addressing the disparity of colorectal cancer incidence rates in Bibb County through targeted outreach to the African-American community.

African-Americans experience higher incidence rates of colorectal cancer than any other race. Bibb County is one of ten counties in Georgia with the highest incidence rates for African-American colorectal cancer. The Centers for Disease Control estimate 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 that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.

The Cancer Life Center at MCCG will provide information on colorectal cancer and screenings at Beulahland Bible Church, located at 1010 Newburg Avenue in Macon, on June 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. African-Americans age 50 or older, with no prior history of colorectal cancer or other colorectal diseases, are encouraged to attend.

Participants will review colorectal cancer screening tests and guidelines, learn about the role that genetics and family history play, and learn how to incorporate healthier cooking and eating habits into lifestyles. Lunch is included and all participants will be entered into a drawing for a $100.00 Kroger gift card.

 Participants are asked to RSVP to (478) 633-8537 by June 18.

 The Cancer Life Center at MCCG will provide this event in partnership with the American Cancer Society, Community Health Works and The Central Georgia Cancer Coalition.