03.12.2019 Back to News

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Methodist Health System is a sponsor of the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force's 2019 Colon Cancer Awareness Campaign. 

Why do we need to raise awareness about colon cancer?

Colon cancer is the third-most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and the second-leading cause of cancer death.

  • Approximately 4.6 percent of men (1 in 22) and 4.2 percent of women (1 in 24) will be diagnosed with ColoRectal Cancer (CRC) in their lifetimes.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Through screening, colon cancer is one of the most preventable diseases.


  • Each year, approximately 145,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer, and more than 51,000 people die from the disease.
  • Colon cancer often has no symptoms until it is at an advanced stage.
  • You can reduce your risk through regular screenings.
  • Beginning at age 45 (or earlier if you are high-risk), everyone should talk to a doctor about getting a screening test for colon cancer.
  • There are currently more than 1 million colon cancer survivors in the United States.
  • Colorectal cancer death rates declined 53 percent from 1970 to 2016 among men and women because of increased screening and improvements in treatment. However, in adults younger than age 55, new cases of colorectal cancer have increased almost 2 percent per year since the mid-1990s.

*These statistics were compiled from the American Cancer Society's Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2019.  

Are there community events to raise awareness of colorectal cancer?

Yes, there are several events, including: 

  • Rhonda’s Burpee Challenge a 20 minute team competition of burpees to honor the memory of Rhonda VanBeek, the mother of Justin VanBeek, owner and head coach of CrossFit Hydro Gym. The event is set for April 28.
  • Rollin’ to Colon is a cycling event that will be held on June 16 and will again benefit the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force. This family-friendly event features varying cycling distances starting in Valley, with some routes pedaling through the village of Colon. Check out more details at: www.rollintocolon.org.
  • The Boxer 500 is a 5K run/walk, 1M walk and kids' event to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. Participants are encouraged to draw attention to their bottoms and colorectal cancer by participating in boxer underwear. Form a team and wear matching boxers! The event is Aug. 11, and it will also benefit the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force.  Event details can be found at: www.boxer500.org.  

For More Information
If you have questions about any of these activities, contact Stacey Miskie at (402) 354-5237.