06.14.2018 Back to News

Colon Cancer Boxer 500: August 19

Methodist Health System is a sponsor of the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force's 2018 Colon Cancer Awareness Campaign, which includes the annual Dress in Blue Day in March, Rollin’ to Colon in June and the Boxer 500 on Sunday, August 19.

What Is the Boxer 500?

The Boxer 500 is a 5K run/walk, 1M walk and kids' event to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. Participants are encouraged to draw attention to their bottoms and colorectal cancer by participating in boxer underwear. Form a team and wear matching boxers! The event is Sunday, August 19, at Werner Park and it will benefit the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force. 

Event details can be found at: www.boxer500.org.  

Questions? Contact Ann Burch at 402-354-5237.

Understanding Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and the second-leading cause of cancer death. Nebraska ranks 11th highest in the nation for colon cancer incidence and 16th highest for colon cancer deaths. But it doesn't have to be this way. Through screening, colon cancer is one of the most preventable diseases.

  • Each year, approximately 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from the disease.

  • Colon cancer often has no symptoms until it is at an advanced stage.

  • You can reduce your risk through regular screenings.

  • Beginning at age 50 (or earlier if you are high risk), everyone should talk to a doctor about getting a screening test for colon cancer.

  • There are currently more than one million colon cancer survivors in the United States.

*These statistics were compiled from the American Cancer Society's Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2014-2016. Read more statistics.