Run, walk with us to raise colon cancer awareness
Monday, July 2, 2018
The fourth annual Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay run/walk will be Saturday, Aug. 4. It’s a fun, family-friendly event that delivers an important message.
The event, presented by Aurora BayCare Medical Center, is part of the Minnesota-based Colon Cancer Coalition’s national campaign to raise colon cancer awareness. Registration is open.
“Early detection is the key with colon cancer,” says Dr. Erik Johnson, a colorectal surgeon at Aurora BayCare. “The earlier we identify this disease within a patient, the better his or her chances are of beating it.”
“We know that 1 in 20 Americans will battle this form of cancer at some point in their life, that’s why this run/walk and the spotlight it’s shining on colon cancer are important for people in northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.”
The messages surrounding colorectal cancer, early detection and prevention need to be heard by more people, Johnson says.
“Wisconsin’s colorectal cancer screening rate is around 72 percent. We know we can do better, especially given that current screening tests and a continued focus on early detection can help us effectively spot changes in the colon and rectum and successfully address them before they potentially become cancerous.”
The run/walk starts at 9 a.m. on the Aurora BayCare Medical Center campus, 2845 Greenbrier Road in Green Bay. The event will feature a 5K (3.1-mile) timed race and a 1.5-mile walk. There also will be a kids’ fun run.
The day will include opportunities to celebrate colon cancer survivors and provide support for family members and caregivers left behind following a loved one’s fight with the disease.
Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and under through race day, then $30 for adults and $20 for ages 12 and under on race day. The kids’ fun run is $15.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the event’s presenting sponsor.
Colon cancer facts
- Colon cancer (also called colorectal cancer) is one of the most common forms of cancer
- One in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetime
- It is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States
- It is highly treatable; the five-year survival rate is 90 percent if the disease is found in its earliest stages
- Regular screening (colonoscopy) can prevent many colorectal cancers from occurring
Erik Johnson, MD, FACS, is Board Certified in general surgery and in colon and rectal surgery, and practices at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. Dr. Johnson received his education at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed two fellowships, one at Ferguson Clinic in colorectal and one at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in oncology. Learn more here.