RENO, NV - The Nevada Colon Cancer Partnership is teaming up with the Kiwanis Bike Program to host a massive bike swap in hopes of raising awareness about colon cancer screenings. According to the National Cancer Institute, colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the U.S., killing an average of 50,000 people a year. More than 130,000 new cases are discovered each year, but according to the CDC, within the last four years Nevada has been in the bottom 25% in the country for screenings. Local gastroenterologist, Dr. Clark Harrison, says he hopes this week's bike swap can help raise awareness about the problem.
"The unique thing about colon cancer screening is that with a colonoscopy you can actually prevent the cancer by removing a pre-cancerous polyp, which is not the case with something like lung or breast cancer," he says.
People can buy or sell bikes of all kinds at Idlewild Park this Saturday from 10am-4pm. Registration starts at 8am. 20% of the proceeds will go towards colon cancer awareness. If your bike doesn't sell the Kiwanis Bike Program may be able to offer a consignment.
Doctor Harrison says screening rates have improved a little recently, from 58% to around 64%, but they want to continue to raise awareness to reach the national goal of 80%. He recommends that people start getting checked regularly for colon cancer starting at age 50.