Colon education program planned at 5K race Saturday
Visitors and participants at the Steppin' Out for Hospice 5K on Saturday will have another reason to be at Alliance Community Hospital that day.
To emphasize the importance of colon health and early detection of colon cancer, Alliance Community Hospital, an accredited Commission on Cancer facility, will be distributing FIT cards, an early detection screening test, to the first 200 visitors to the tent.
Those who agree to take a FIT card will receive a complimentary hospital water bottle. If they return their test (either by mail in a return envelope that will be provided or by dropping it off in the hospital's lab) within 10 business days, they will be entered to win a free iPad.
According to David Meir, director of cardiac and oncology services, visitors will not be able to miss the tent since it will be adjacent to a 40-foot inflatable colon that is provided by the Tina Kiser Cancer Coalition of Southeastern Med of Cambridge and will provide additional educational information about colon health from 4 to 8 p.m.
"The inflatable colon is definitely an attention-getter, but the point we're trying to make is that if you visit us and take advantage of FIT testing, you may be saving yourself from further complications down the road," Meir said.
Meir and ACH Nurse Navigator Brandi Hahn will be on hand to distribute FIT cards and explain the process for returning them. Dr. Jonathan Hlivko, gastroenterologist, will be present to provide information and answer any questions.
"Early detection and treatment are the keys to survival," Meir said. "With hundreds of people on our campus this Saturday because of the run, we thought it would be an ideal opportunity to reach a large number of folks who care about their well-being.