SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
According to the American Cancer Society, about one person in every 20 will develop colon cancer making it the second leading cancer in both men and women. Most of those affected by colon cancer have no symptoms in the early stages of this disease. Yet, it is one of the easiest cancers to detect with a simple colonoscopy, a potentially life-saving screening procedure.
That is why colon health will be this month’s topic at the Shelby Memorial Hospital’s (SMH) Girls Night Out (GNO) on April 30th. The event will be held at the Shelbyville Visitor’s Center from 5-7 p.m., off of Route 16, just east of the main dam. All women in the community are invited.
Jennifer Large, Health Initiatives Representative from the American Cancer Society, will be the night’s first speaker. She will remind women that a diet high in fiber and low in fat with whole grains, fruits and vegetables may help them avoid colon cancer. Ms. Large will speak of the importance that leading an active lifestyle can have on a women’s life, as well as other factors that may lead to colon cancer.
Shelby Memorial Hospital’s board certified surgeon T. Mark Vasko, M.D., F.A.C.S., will be the featured guest speaker. Dr. Vasko will talk about the best ways to detect precancerous polyps and how to remove them before they become cancerous. He will explain what affects other illnesses such Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Diabetes may have on colorectal cancer. Finally, he will help ease women’s fears about a colonoscopy and why women over the age of 50 should have this screening, an out-patient procedure which is one of the most powerful tools for finding these cancers in their earliest, most treatable stages.
Amy Koehler, SMH Human Resources Director, will tell her personal story about colon health and why she believes early detection through screening is the best way for a woman to protect herself from colon cancer.
Those in attendance will receive a voucher for a free Fecal Occult Blood Test (cancer screening). This test checks for traces of blood in fecal matter which may be a sign of a digestive issue, such as a polyp or cancer in the colon or rectum.
While waiting for the presentation please enjoy a complimentary paraffin hand therapy before the presentation begins. Every Girls Night Out offers a healthy snack and a chance to win a wonderful door prize.
As always mammograms are available during Girls Night Out at SMH with advanced registration. For more information on Girls Night Out, or to schedule a mammogram please visit MySMH.org or call Shelby Memorial Hospital at 217-774-3961, ext. 5130.