Local Survivor Wishes She Had Known Importance of Family History of Colorectal Cancer

Do you know your family’s history of precancerous polyps and colon cancer? That information could save your life. Pat Rekart, a colorectal cancer survivor and local Relay For Life volunteer, shares her story with us.

The American Cancer Society encourages all men and women 50 and older to make getting tested for colon cancer a priority. Those with a family history should talk with their doctors about being tested earlier.

Colon cancer is one of only two cancers that can actually be prevented through testing. For more information, visit cancer.org/coloncancer.


Empty Gas Gauge for the Passing Gasser

Luckily for all of us, our Health Initiatives Director’s husband has a great sense of humor. Watch this video to find out what practical jokes he played on her the night before her colonoscopy. Just don’t get any ideas! Funny story, life-saving message.

Can’t get enough of the ‘Passing Gasser’ story? Here’s ‘the end’ of the interview!

Hindsight 2012

Congratulations to American Cancer Society staff member Jerry Markham for naming the Eastern Missouri Region’s colon cancer awareness campaign! His entry – Hindsight 2012 – received the most votes.

Here are some honorable mentions we didn’t think you’d want to miss:

  • Save Your Behind
  • Don’t Forget Your :
  • Bottoms Up
  • Got Scope?
  • Colonoscopies Really Are Positive
  • Get Behind this Lifesaving Campaign
  • Colon-osco-PEEK
  •  Don’t Let a Year Be Stolen: Check Your Colon
  • It’s No Big Deal Butt… You Gotta Get Checked
  • Colonoscopy… It’s Worth It In The End!
  • And my favorite tagline….. Honestly, Does This Colonoscopy Make My Butt Look Big?

Thank you for all the great entries and to everyone who voted to help name our colon cancer awareness campaign! Colon cancer screening truly saves lives. We hope you’ll schedule your test and encourage your loved ones to do the same.

Stay tuned for stories and videos you’ll want to share with your friends!

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