National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Published 03-11-2010 2:39 PM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  


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 families.


 Mark Birdwhistell and Amberlee Nickell 



Digestive Health employees 


 Members of Markey's gastrointestinal (GI) cancer team. 




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