In recognition of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March, Tenet colleagues raised awareness of the disease within their communities across the country.
Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum, and can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start. Most colorectal cancers start as a growth – called a polyp – on the inner lining of the colon or rectum.
“Many lifestyle-related factors have been linked to colorectal cancer,” said Dr. Mohamed Eldaly, Medical Oncologist at Emanuel Cancer Center. “The links between diet, weight and exercise and colorectal cancer risk are some of the strongest for any type of cancer.”
Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the best ways to prevent the disease. With regular screening, most polyps can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer.
Many of our hospitals worked to raise awareness about services offered for treatment, including Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, Abrazo Central Campus, Abrazo West Campus, Baptist Health System, Brookwood Baptist Medical Center and Emanuel Medical Center. USPI colleagues also hosted events and created a toolkit of resources, including posters, to educate the community on their Direct Screen Colonoscopy Programs®. USPI had 37 Direct Screen Colonoscopy Programs in March of this year, offering certain patients a time-saving, hassle free option for colon screenings by allowing them to skip the traditional pre-procedure office visit and come directly to the facility for their screening. The program was created as an alternative for patients who are recommended to have the screening, but often defer because of time constraints. In 2018, over 112,000 screening colonoscopies were completed at USPI’s ambulatory surgery centers.
Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, Shelby Baptist Medical Center and Princeton Baptist Medical Center had large inflatable colons on display as an educational tool that featured various stages of the disease. Some of our facilities managed by USPI also had inflatable colons on display, including Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital of Sherman and Baylor Surgicare of Plano.
Shelby Baptist hosted a Colon Cancer Prevention & Detection Seminar with guest speaker and hospital physician, Dr. Michael Passarella. Princeton Baptist was lit up blue in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and colleagues participated in Go Blue Day on March 1, a statewide effort to bring awareness of colon cancer. Princeton Baptist also participated in the RumpShaker 5K, a fundraiser run in its 11th year that raises money for local colon cancer initiatives. Team Princeton placed first in the male category (ages 25-29) out of more than 700 runners.
Photo Caption: (1) Shelby Baptist Medical Center colleagues with the life-size, inflatable colon on display at the hospital. (2) Princeton Baptist Medical Center colleagues at the RumpShaker 5K. (3) Baptist Health System physician interviewing with Telemundo San Antonio. (4) The Baylor Surgicare of Plano team at their inaugural inflatable colon event.