Rollin’ to Colon Bike Ride

On Sunday, June 21st, Team Semi-Colon rode in the Rollin’ to Colon bike ride to support Colon Cancer Awareness and Elkhorn Hills UMC member Lena Beeson.  There were about 20 members on Team Semi-Colon.

Riders on Team Semi-Colon
Riders on Team Semi-Colon

About the Ride

This ride to Colon, Nebraska, was a fun way to raise awareness for colon cancer.  Proceeds from the event help support the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force.  The event started at DC West High School.  There were 4-cycling distances and a kid’s event!

The 53 mile loop route took you counter-clockwise turning North on Hwy 77 towards Fremont, West to Cedar Bluffs, South to Colon and back around to Hwy 64.  In addition, there were shorter, out and back scenic routes along the Platte River Valley.

Refer to the website for additional information about the event. http://coloncancertaskforce.org/rollin-to-colon/

Lena Beeson's Team with the inflatable colon
Lena Beeson’s Team Semi-Colon with the inflatable colon

Colorectal Cancer Information

Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer and the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.  With regular screening, colorectal cancer can be detected early when treatment is most effective.  Here are other facts about Colon Cancer:

  • The risk of having colon cancer in your lifetime is about 1 in 20, or 5%.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that over 135,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2014, resulting in more than 50,000 deaths.  About half of colon cancer deaths could be prevented if all people over 50 were screened for colon cancer.
  • It is estimated that in 2012, in Nebraska, there will be 910 individuals diagnosed with colon cancer and 360 deaths related to colon cancer.  Nebraska has one of the highest incidence rates of colon cancer in the country, as well as one of the highest mortality rates from colorectal cancer per the CDC.
  • In 2012, Nebraska ranked 38th in the nation in prevalence of colorectal cancer screenings among adults age 50 and over.  Only 62.1% of Nebraskan over 50 get screen, one of the lowest rates in the country.
  • Thanks to colon cancer screening, the death rate for colon cancer has been declining and the Task Force hopes to see this continue through their educational and awareness efforts.

For more information on Colon Cancer, visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org/

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