Run/walk to shed light on colon cancer

Monday, June 26, 2017

By: Femi Cole

When colon cancer is detected early, patients have a solid chance to beat an insidious disease that is expected to be diagnosed in nearly 100,000 Americans this year.


That’s why the annual Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay run/walk will return on Saturday, Aug. 5. It’s part of a national organization’s efforts to promote colon cancer awareness with an emphasis on screenings and early detection.


The third annual Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay presented by Aurora BayCare Medical Center is part of the Colon Cancer Coalition’s national campaign to raise colon cancer awareness.



The run/walk is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on the Aurora BayCare Medical Center campus at 2845 Greenbrier Road in Green Bay. It will wind its way around the hospital campus before snaking through nearby neighborhoods.


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 those family members and caregivers left behind following a loved one’s fight with the disease.


“This 5K race, 1.5-mile walk is our third annual event in the Green Bay area. We’re excited to bring back this fun and exciting run/walk while creating an opportunity to discuss a very serious health issue – colon cancer,” said Dr. Erik Johnson, an Aurora BayCare colorectal surgeon.


Colon cancer is a disease that needs to be discussed more frequently, he said.


“It can be a challenging disease to treat if not caught early,” he said. “That’s why this event provides us the ideal platform to raise awareness of this disease, the importance of simple screening tests and the importance of early detection.”


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 can prevent a large number of colorectal cancers from happening

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