Kaweah Delta Hosts March 19 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Extravaganza
VISALIA – The word colonoscopy can make people uncomfortable, yet
it’s an exam that’s quick, virtually painless and necessary
to prevent colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
In an effort to educate people on preventing, treating and beating colorectal
cancer, Kaweah Delta’s Endoscopy Department will hold an open house
on Saturday, March 19, with information booths and a 10-foot tall replica
of advanced colon cancer set up in the lobby of Kaweah Delta’s Acequia
Wing, 305 W. Acequia Ave. It will be a chance to ask physicians questions
and visit interactive stations.
“This event will answer a lot of questions for people and hopefully
they won’t be so apprehensive when they go for their exams,”
said Eleanor Lopez, lead registered nurse for Kaweah Delta’s Endoscopy
Department. “People are usually scared, but afterward, they say
it wasn’t anything like they thought it would be.”
Kaweah Delta’s event coincides with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Month. Here are some facts on colon cancer: -Approximately 150,000 Americans
will be diagnosed with colon cancer each year.
- It often has no symptoms until it’s in advanced stages.
- It is 80 percent preventable when detected early.
- You can reduce your risk of colon cancer through regular screenings.
- Beginning at age 50 (or earlier if you have a family history), everyone
should get their colon checked.