STAMFORD, CT - March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. In an effort to raise public awareness about this preventable cancer, the City of Stamford is teaming up with our Stamford Cancer Awareness Campaign partners, the Bennett Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society, to sponsor the “Strollin’ Colon,” an interactive 3D exhibit that will be on display at the Stamford Government Center and Tully Center, March 4-7.
The event will feature resources on diet & nutrition, screening, and treatment. Stamford Hospital & Health Department clinical staff will be available to answer questions and promote early detection.
Locations that will be hosting the exhibit during the week include:
· Tuesday, March 4, 10AM to 1PM, Stamford Government Center Lobby
· Wednesday, March 5, 10AM to 2PM, Tully Health Center
· Thursday, March 6, 10AM to 2PM, Tully Health Center
· Friday, March 7, 10AM to 2PM, Tully Health Center
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of overall cancer deaths in the United States. About 1 in 20 people in the United States will develop colon cancer at some point during their lifetime. Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is one of the most detectable and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer.
According to Anne Fountain, MPH, Director of Health & Social Services, “If you are 50 years of age or older, getting a screening test for colon cancer could save your life. You should consult with your medical provider to see if you have risk factors that may require screening at an earlier age.”
According to the American Cancer Society, the best advice about diet and activity to possibly reduce your risk of colon cancer is to:
• Get tested for colon cancer.
• Get regular exercise; increase your amount of physical activity.
• Limit intake of red and processed meats.
• Get the recommended levels of calcium and vitamin D.
• Eat more vegetables and fruits and maintain a healthy diet.
• Avoid excess alcohol.
• Don’t smoke.
Visit www.ccalliance.org to learn more about colon cancer prevention, early detection and treatment.