The Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition and the 100 Black Men of Rome will host a Gathering Breakfast on Saturday, June 9 at 8am. The program will focus on colon cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
The breakfast will take place in the Life Center of Love Joy Baptist Church located at 436 Branham Avenue. The event and meal is free, but reservations are required.
2011 estimates show that 141,210 new cases of colon and rectal cancer will occur in the United States, and 49,380 people will die from colorectal cancer.
A presenting partner in the breakfast, the Magnolia Foundation is a non-profit organization under the Northwest Georgia Cancer Coalition. The organization seeks to provide colonoscopies for high-risk, under-served and uninsured men and women, raise awareness of colon and colorectal cancer, and be an advocate for coverage of colonoscopy testing through insurance.
“Early diagnosis of colon and colorectal cancer is directly linked to better survival rates, but only 41% of colorectal cancers are diagnosed early,” said Lisa Smith, founder of the Magnolia Foundation.
In two years Magnolia Foundation has provided over 120 colonoscopies to high-risk, uninsured patients in Floyd, Chattooga and Polk counties.
The event is presented in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, Blue Ridge Area Health Education System, Cancer Navigators, Floyd Medical Center, Harbin Clinic, and Redmond Regional Medical Center.