RIVER FALLS, Wis.
People aged 50-75 are invited to dinner with a doctor–and a dietitian–at River Falls Area Hospital.
There's no catch; it's a free buffet-style dinner (reservations are needed) although it's an event with a serious message: Butt Seriously, Get Screened.
One in three adults aged 50-75 has never been screened for colorectal cancer–the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women–and in Wisconsin alone, the most recently available figures indicate more than 2,600 new diagnoses every year.
"While survival from colorectal cancer is more than 90 percent when diagnosed at the earliest stage, the vast majority of cases we see at River Falls Area Hospital are stage II or greater," said Heather Simpson, cancer program coordinator.
At the September 28 event at River Falls Area Hospital, Dr. Thomas Johnson will talk about home stool testing kits (an alternative to the colonoscopy) while dietitian Debra Sanders will focus on foods which can help lower the risk of colon cancer. Both medical professionals will answer audience questions following their short presentations.
"The thought of getting cancer is scary to most people but for many, the thought of getting a colonoscopy is almost as terrifying," said Dr. Johnson. "Luckily for us, a colonoscopy–although still considered the gold standard for screening–is no longer the only option."
All qualified attendees will receive a free stool testing kit (including processing costs) to take home with them.
The Butt, Seriously event will be held Monday, September 28. Registration will start at 5 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Johnson and Debra Sanders will begin speaking at 6 p.m., followed by a short Q&A. Space is limited so people should call 715-307-6060 to reserve their spot.