Mayo observes Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Surgical Services Department at Mayo Regional Hospital is observing Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March. There will be various activities taking place throughout the month to promote colorectal cancer awareness in the community. 


    Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, and ranks second as the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. When detected and treated early, colon cancer is up to 90 percent curable. In the month of March, Mayo will offer public education sessions on screening for colorectal cancer. In addition, local physicians will discuss screening options, including colonoscopy, followed by a question-and-answer session. Dr. Abhijit Shaligram, Dr. Richard Evans and Dr. Challa Reddy regularly perform colonoscopy procedures at Mayo.

    The month will start off with the Surgical Services Department sponsoring a “Dress in Blue Day” on Friday, March 1. The department will be distributing blue ribbons and bracelets throughout the hospital and everyone is encouraged to wear blue clothing to promote colorectal awareness within our community.

    Throughout the week of March 25–29, an informational bulletin board will be on display in the hospital lobby. The information will be centered on screening, diagnosis and prevention of colon cancer. Educational resources will be available in the hospital lobby.

    The month will finish out with a celebration of “GI Associates Day.” The community is invited to share in the celebration on Wednesday, March 27 from 2-3 p.m. in the hospital lobby. Cake, generously provided by Will’s Shop n’ Save, will be served.

    Colon cancer can occur in anyone. The more you know about the facts, the better your chances are of living a happy and healthy life.

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