National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Friday, March 5th was "Dress in Blue Day" to promote
colon cancer awareness. This time I actually remembered to wear blue!
Just as we wore red (for those of us who remembered) to promote heart
disease awareness, last Friday we had the opportunity to wear blue to
show support for the Markey Cancer Center's Colon Cancer Prevention and
Awareness Programs. Colon cancer is the second highest in the ranking of
cancer deaths in the US. This cancer is mostly preventable, and it has
been demonstrated that screening does save lives.
Now before you laugh at the picture below of me in my t-shirt let me
explain. Apparently there is a group of runners in the UK HealthCare
Digestive Health Program that wanted to promote their program while
running in a recent local race. They, with the help of our marketing
department, came up with these lovely t-shirts and the team name- The
Polyp Posse!! The color brown in the shirts makes them even more
special. Even though I leave the running part up to others, I am always
willing to help with promotion. Thank you, Tanya Wray in our marketing
department, for providing us with these lovely shirts to promote our
Digestive Health Program. We will wear them as honorary members of the
Polyp Posse! I am confident that wearing these t-shirts will generate
some "interesting" comments.
Pictured below you will also see our staff in the Digestive Health
Program proudly wearing blue as well as a picture of the members of the
Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program at the Markey Cancer Center. Our
multidisciplinary team brings together seven specialties to review all
patients with GI cancers, with a special interest in colorectal,
pancreas, esophagus, stomach, liver and bile duct, endocrine tumors
(including carcinoid), and genetic forms of colorectal cancer. The team
determines the most personalized treatment plan for patients and their
Mark Birdwhistell and Amberlee Nickell
Digestive Health employees
Members of Markey's gastrointestinal (GI) cancer team.