August 21, 2013
The Prevent Cancer Super Colon™ went to Worcester last weekend for the 23rd annual Latin American Festival. The exhibit was hosted by UMass Memorial Health Center.
Volunteers gave out magnets, bracelets and our Guide to Preventable Cancers in English and Spanish. Among the 433 visitors were Congressman Jim McGovern and Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program Executive Director Lisa McGovern. A drawing for a free iPad mini helped attract visitors to the exhibit where we spoke with them about the importance of colorectal screening. Representatives from UMass were available to schedule colonoscopies, but we were pleased to hear that many visitors had already gone through colorectal screening.
The Latin American Festival featured live music, dancers and authentic Latin food. We had a great time experiencing Latin culture and raising awareness of colorectal cancer prevention. Cancer is the leading cause of death for Hispanics, and colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the Hispanic community. Adults aged 50 and older are at risk for colorectal cancer, especially those who smoke, drink excessively, eat a lot of red meat and aren’t physically active.
Learn more at www.preventcancer.org