According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US when men and women are considered separately, and the second leading cause when the sexes are combined.
For African Americans, colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer.
It is expected to cause about more than 49,000 deaths in 2016.
Research shows that if everybody aged 50 and older had colorectal cancer screening tests, as many as 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.
This is why the Black Healthcare Initiative Coalition and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center are hosting three free Educational Programs to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings (EPICS).
All of the sessions will be held on consecutive Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. The dates are:
- April 19
- April 26
- May 3
Attendees are encouraged to attend all three events and refreshments will be served.
People wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by April 18 by calling 888-902-3011, Ext. 6862 or going on-line at www.sendrsvp.com/epics.