Community clinic without cancer / Info – December 4

Includes colorectal test kits, Covid19 and other vaccinations on a drive-through basis.

On the verge of tragically dying of colorectal cancer himself in 2020, compassionate Chadwick Boseman visits a young cancer patient. A free community event on wellness and cancer prevention will be sponsored by Drexel Nursing and others from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 4.

A free and open community event on wellness and cancer prevention is taking place on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Christian Stronghold Church, 4701 Lancaster Avenue.

The tragic death of Chadwick Boseman in August 2020, after a courageous 4-year battle with colorectal cancer illustrates the importance of early diagnosis of this disease and other cancers. African Americans are 20% more likely to contract colorectal cancer than other ethnicities and 40% more likely to die from it.1

The Lazarex Cancer Wellness HUB at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health, along with the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine, Main Line Health and Christian Stronghold Church are sponsoring the event. They are seeking to increase access to colorectal cancer screens and to combat the decline in cancer screens during the pandemic.

They will provide FREE FIT kits (home colorectal cancer screening kits), COVID-19 testing and vaccination, and flu shots. The event will follow COVID-19 guidelines and encourage social distancing by allowing attendees to drive and get around.

While colorectal cancer is more common in older people, about 12% of these cancers – about 18,000 cases – will be diagnosed each year in people under the age of 50 in the United States. Colorectal cancer, like other cancers, also disproportionately affects the black community, primarily due to a wide range of socio-economic factors.

“Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the country,” said Durado Brooks, MD of the American Cancer Society. “This disease is devastating the black community. It is more important than ever that everyone has access and receive the recommended screenings… to prevent disease or find it at an early stage and more treatable.

Colorectal cancer: screening can help detect and even prevent it

As colorectal cancer rates rise in young people, the American Cancer Society now recommends that people at average risk for colorectal cancer begin regular screening at age 45. This includes people with a personal and family history of colorectal cancer, certain types of polyps; ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease; or anterior abdominal or pelvic radiation therapy.

Screening can often prevent colorectal cancer by finding and removing growths called polyps in the colon and rectum before they have a chance to become cancerous. Screening can also detect colorectal cancer at an early stage, when it is still small, has not spread and is likely to be easier to treat.

Some colorectal symptoms are changes in bowel habits, blood in the stool, which can make the stool appear dark brown or black; stomach cramps or pain; feeling tired or weak, or losing weight without trying.

Many of these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions. But if they last more than a few days or get worse, it’s important to get them checked out by a doctor as soon as possible.

For more information: call 215-571-3142

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