Colon Cancer Challenge: April 1

March 21, 2012 9:06:56 AM PDT
This year's Colon Cancer Challenge will take place in Central Park from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 1. The proceeds from the event will include a 1.7-mile Remembrance and Prevention Walk, two runs, a 4M and 15K as well as a Remembrance and Prevention Festival at the Bandshell in Central Park. It will be a day to remember for the whole family, with balloon twisters, face painting and a Memory Quilt to record those we've lost and those who are survivors of colorectal cancer. In addition, there will be a children's quilt art project area. Proceeds from the day will go to support the screening, research, awareness and prevention efforts of the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation.

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  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. The estimated number of people projected to be diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer in the U.S. in 2011 was 141,210.
  • The estimated number of people projected to die from colon or rectal cancer in the U.S. in 2011 was 49,380.
  • Screening can prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps and removing them before they turn into invasive cancer.
  • Regular screening finds colorectal cancer early, when treatment is most effective. Screening is recommended. For all men and women starting at age 50.
  • Earlier for people with risk factors such as a family history of colorectal cancer.

  • Ask your doctor when you should begin screenings.
  • Talk to your family about your medical history.
For more information on screenings and prevention, visit the foundations's site or