“Our goal is to fill the seats with people who have a personal connection with colorectal cancer as well as those who want to support our cause,” stated Karen Smith, Administrator at CIEC. “Increasing the awareness about colorectal cancer and the importance of getting screened is how we can make a difference within our community,” added Smith.
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women and is the third most common form of cancer in Illinois. The American Cancer Society estimates 143,460 new cases of colorectal cancer and 51,690 deaths in 2012 yet it is one of the only cancers that can be prevented with screenings.
“We are very pleased that the Peoria Rivermen are helping to raise awareness about colorectal cancer by encouraging more people to get screened,” stated Eli Kuga, M.D.at CIEC and Illinois Gastroenterology Institute (IGI). “It is vital that people understand that there is a 90% survival rate when colon cancer is found early and treated. The ability to broaden the reach of our message and deepen the understanding of Peorians on the significance of colon cancer screening is very important to us,” added Kuga.
“Preventing colon cancer and encouraging people to get screened is an excellent cause and the Peoria Rivermen are happy to be a part of it,” stated Katie Kerr, Director of Client Services at Peoria Rivermen.
Colonoscopies continue to be the best way to screen for this disease, which is recommended for men and women beginning at age 50. CIEC’s goal is to help educate the community on the importance of colon cancer screening and to screen 5000 people for colon cancer by the end of 2012.
“We want the community to understand that having a colonoscopy is not as bad as many believe and that by putting a colonoscopy off, you put your life at risk,” stated Maureen Lillich, M.D. at CIEC and IGI.
Team members from CIEC as well as a colon cancer survivor will be on hand to answer questions during the game.
Discounted tickets to this event are available when purchased in advance only. To purchase tickets, contact Katie Kerr at (309) 680-3791 or by email at email@example.com.
About Central Illinois Endoscopy Center
Central Illinois Endoscopy Center is downstate Illinois largest freestanding, dedicated endoscopy center. CIEC is the Peoria areas first outpatient center dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. The team at CIEC is committed to providing each patient with the highest quality care utilizing advanced technology in a comfortable environment. For more information, please visit www.ciendoscopy.com
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