• By Joe Dangor

Mayo Clinic to highlight Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 1, 2019

Dark blue ribbon representing colon cancer awareness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to learn about — and take steps to prevent and detect — colon cancer. Mayo Clinic is highlighting Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with events in Rochester and on social media.

Strollin' Colon Cancer Awareness and Education Event

On Monday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center, located on the lobby level of the Gonda Building in Rochester, will host the Strollin' Colon Cancer Awareness and Education Event.

The event will include these activities:

  • Strollin' Colon, where visitors can walk through a giant inflatable colon
  • Colon cancer prevention, screening, and DNA stool testing
  • Colon cancer treatment and research
  • Colonoscopy video
  • Hot topics in nutrition and cancer
  • Meet Maggie, a dog in the Mayo Clinic Caring Canines Program, from 10 to 11 a.m.

In addition, Mayo Clinic colon cancer experts will present these 15-minute "Meet the Experts" topics:

  • 10:15–10:45 a.m.
    “Update on Colon Cancer Treatment and Research,” Joleen Hubbard, M.D., Medical Oncology
  • 11–11:30 a.m.
    “Maximizing Wellness and Cancer Prevention Through Nutrition,” Madelynn Strong, Endocrinology
  • 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    “Maximizing Wellness and Cancer Prevention Through Exercise,” Linde Sifuentes, Dan Abraham, Healthy Living Center
  • 12:30–1 p.m.
    “Options for Colon Cancer Screening,” John Kisiel, M.D., Gastroenterology
  • 1:30–2 p.m.
    “Strengthening Healing: Breathing and Relaxation Exercises,” Timothy Yoder, Chaplain Services, Mayo Clinic

These presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Drs. Hubbard and Kisiel will be available for interviews with members of the media immediately following their presentations.

Plummer Building goes blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

In Rochester on Tuesday, March 5, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society will team up to light the Plummer Building blue in honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Facebook Watch Party

Mayo Clinic will host a Facebook Watch Party on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 6. The Watch Party allows Facebook users to watch a curated collection of educational colorectal cancer videos together online, having conversations with other viewers and posting questions for Mayo Clinic cancer experts.

80% in Every Community Event

On Thursday, March 7, Mayo Clinic, the American Cancer Society, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable will join forces to kick off a new colorectal cancer screening campaign, “80% in Every Community with the goal of achieving screening 80% of recommended adults in every community in the United States for colorectal cancer.

The day will begin with a social media kick-off party at Mercedes Benz Stadium. The party will be broadcast live at facebook.com/MayoClinic at 9 a.m. Cancer survivors, change makers, experts, and celebrities will be interviewed from the “blue carpet” during the Facebook Live broadcast. At 1 p.m., inspirational speakers and a surprise musical performance will be broadcast via Facebook Live from the American Cancer Society Global Headquarters in Atlanta. Visit the event webpage to register for the live broadcast. There is also the option to register to host a watch party and participate live on social media using #80inEveryCommunity.


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