Colon cancer prevention is one of the missions of Gastroenterology Associates. Making sure that everyone, 50 years old and up, has timely screening for colon cancer in order to reduce the numbers of colon cancer cases and deaths. If an individual has a family history of polyps or colon cancer, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn's disease, colon cancer screening should begin at a younger age, usually around age 40. The American College of Gastroenterology also recommends that African Americans start to be screened at the age of 45.
One of the ways that Gastroenterology Associates informs the general public of these screening guidelines is through the Get Your Rear in Gear 5K. Since it's inaugural run in 2012, the Get Your Rear In Gear 5K has grown significantly, improving the spread of information on colon cancer and screening.
Dr Neelima Reddy is one of the 5K founders and event directors. She discusses the race in the video below:
If you'd like to sign up to run or walk the 1 mile fun run or 5K, the link can be accessed here. The event is free and open to the public from 8 am to noon. The 1 mile fun run starts at 8:30 and the 5K begins at 9:00 am. The race will take place on April 18, 2015 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Facility.
Disclaimer: All information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and should not replace the consultative advice and experienced feedback from your physician. Always consult with your physicians on any of your questions and concerns.