Groups calling all ‘team players’ against cancer
Jun 16, 2010 | 1490 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special to the Eagle

‘Got a game plan? Don’t miss a local opportunity to receive resources and key information to help you and your family be proactive in fighting the battle against prostate and colorectal cancer.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Department of Public Health, Fitway Alabama, and the Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition have teamed up to help Alabamians learn more about colorectal cancer and prostate cancer through a series of free clinics to be conducted across the state.

Walker County Extension along with local partner Walker County RSVP will host a Blue Clinic in Jasper. This event will feature Dr. Scottie Twilley and Lindsey Todd, CRNP, as well as local and state resource vendors and extension agents.

The goal of the Blue Clinics is to increase awareness of both types of cancer and to improve communications among physicians, patients and family members. Colorectal cancer is cancer that forms in either the colon or the rectum. Both men and women can get it and it is the second leading cancer killer in the United States.

The risk increases with age and it is most often found in people age 50-and-older. In 2009, almost 50,000 people died of this type of cancer. Prostate cancer is made up of cells that do not grow normally. Estimated new cases in the United States in 2009 were 192,280. Deaths from prostate cancer in the United States in 2009 were more than 27,300.

The Walker County Blue Clinic is planned for Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Community Health Systems Activity Center at 204 19th Street East in Jasper. Registration is free and includes lunch and a game plan kit. But you must pre-register to reserve your seat and be included in the meal count.

Pre-register today by contacting the Walker County Extension Office at (205) 221-3392 or the Walker County RSVP at (205) 221-3760.