'Get Your Rear in Gear' 5K promotes life-saving preventative care
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) —
Statistics show 50,000 people in the United States died from colon cancer in 2017. Also, one in every 20 people will develop the disease.
People in Asheville are running to get the word out through the "Get Your Rear in Gear" 5K. Funds raised from the race will help pay for colorectal screenings and colonoscopies for those in need who are over 50 years old.
"Well, I didn't have insurance, and I've never been much on preventive services like this," 55-year-old Sheila Williams, who recently had a colonoscopy, said.
During the procedure, her doctor removed five polyps, three of which were precancerous.
"If you find it at an early stage, the cure rate is more than 90 percent," Dr. Michael Newcomer, of Digestive Health Partners, explained. "If it's stage 4 and spread to other organs, your cure rate is less than 15 percent."
"Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in both the state and nationally in males and females," Newcomer added.
Although Williams said the test was less than pleasant, she said it was well worth it.
"It can save you a lot of money, suffering, possibly even your life in the long run," she said.
The "Get Your Rear in Gear" run starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Carrier Park in Asheville.
You can register by going to coloncancercoalition.org/asheville or by contacting Digestive Health Partners at 828-254-0881.