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Published on March 8th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Colon Cancer: Get Behind It

Lexington Medical Center’s Colon Cancer Challenge 2014

West Columbia, S.C. – Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Each year, more than 2,000 South Carolinians are diagnosed with colon cancer and 800 die from the disease. But it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer – and treatable when detected early. Unfortunately, not everyone receives proper screening.

That’s why LexingtonMedicalCenter will host its fifth annual Colon Cancer Challenge bike ride on Saturday, March 29, 2014. All proceeds will go to the LMC Colon Cancer Fund. Hundreds of people participate in the event each year. 

“LexingtonMedicalCenter is pleased that the Colon Cancer Challenge helps to provide colonoscopies for people in need in our community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at LexingtonMedicalCenter.

The Colon Cancer Challenge is set for March 29, 2014. The one-day bicycling event will feature 65-, 50-, 25- and 15- and 5-mile rides. Everything begins and ends at DutchForkMiddle School, located at 1528 Old Tamah Road in Irmo. 

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The 65- and 50-mile rides begin at 8:00 a.m; the 25-mile ride at 8:30 a.m; the15-mile ride at 9:30 a.m; and the 5-mile ride at 10:00 a.m. Lunch for bike riders will be served at 11:00 a.m.

60-, 50-, 25- and 15-mile Bike Rides: Early Registration: $35. After March 14: $40. Day of Event: $45. 5-mile Bike Ride: Early Registration: $20. After March 14: $25. Day of Event: $30.

This year’s Colon Cancer Challenge will also be a special tribute to Edwin Hudson, MD, a LexingtonMedicalCenter radiologist and avid bike rider, who was killed in a tragic cycling accident last year.

Learn more and register at www.LMCColonCancerChallenge.com.

Here are some colon cancer facts from the American College of Gastroenterology:

·  Colon cancer is the only form of cancer that is preventable.

·  The best way to screen for colon cancer is a colonoscopy, which is an examination of the large intestine using a lighted tube.

·  Colonnoscopy is among the most powerful tools in clinical medicine, because of its excellent potential to identify and permit removal of polyps before they turn into cancer.

·  In general, doctors recommend that people undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50. African-Americans should begin screening at age 45.

· Early detection and intervention can reduce mortality from colon cancer by up to 90%.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.  News reporters who would like to do stories on colon cancer in the days leading up to the bike ride and race should contact Jennifer Wilson, Lexington Medical Center Public Relations Manager, at 803-939-4512 or 803-447-3122.  With advance notice, interviews with doctors and patients can be coordinated.  In addition, news reporters can conduct interviews on the day of the Colon Cancer Challenge.

About Lexington Medical Center

LexingtonMedicalCenter, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a county-wide health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout LexingtonCounty and employs a staff of 6,000 health care professionals.  The network also includes comprehensive cardiovascular and oncology care affiliated with Duke Medicine, an occupational health center, the largest skilled nursing facility in the Carolinas and more than 60 physician practices.  At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art LexingtonMedicalCenter, with a reputation for the highest quality care.  Lexington Medical Center has won “Best Hospital” by readers of The State for 12 years, “Best Hospital” by readers of the Free Times, “Best Place to Have a Baby” by readers of Palmetto Parent, the “Consumer Choice Award” from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious “Summit Award” from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction.  Visit LexMed.com

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