March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is colorectal cancer awareness and prevention month and what better way is there to support and promote this very important cause than to participate in a fun, family-friendly 5k run on a beautiful Spring day in Charlotte? “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5k is happening Saturday, March 21, 2021, at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, NC.

The Race begins at staggered times and all are now CLOSED for registration sign-ups. But, the virtual run course is still open for registration. This is a great to support this wonderful cause without leaving the mountains!

Read our blog post about the Charlotte "Get Your Rear in Gear" 5k

According to the American Cancer Society, “colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States and is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women combined in the United States.” “There will be an estimated 145,000 new cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed this year. 1 in 20 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. 1 in 3 people are not up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening.” Preventative screenings with your primary doctor are the most effective ways to go about detecting this disease.

It’s very likely you already know someone, if not yourself, affected by this horrific and somewhat, common disease, colorectal cancer. The best-case scenario is detected early enough for successful treatment and survival. This has been the case for long-time Asheville local, Keith Wells, the owner and driver of Loyal Lifts Transportation. His very own experience with this disease has a happy ending and is why he is so compassionate about helping others in the community become more aware of the importance of early detection.  

If you are due for a screening, contacting Digestive Health Partners at 828-254-0881

Read more about Keith's Story Here