SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - If you are one of the millions of Americans over the age of 50 putting off scheduling a colonoscopy or dreading your next one, it's time to get your rear in gear and join the hundreds of people throughout our area uniting to fight colon cancer.
"Get your rear in gear is a national event, we are bringing to a local venue," said Dee Cargill, Every Step Counts. "It brings awareness to colon cancer. We want to get a conversation started in our community that colon cancer is treatable, beatable and preventable through regular screenings at age 50."
Cargill says the, Get Your Rear in Gear 5k run and walk raises awareness and encourages people of all ages to get screened for colon cancer, the nation's second leading cause of cancer deaths.
"We think we can change the statistics in our community," said Cargill. "People need to know it can save their life, it can save the life of family members, friends and that's what we want to do is get a discussion going in our communities."
A new study finds getting the exam actually cuts your risk of dying from colon cancer in half.
"It takes ten years for colon cancer to develop, if it is removed before age 50, then you have no worries and should have no worries until 60," said Cargill.
The funds raised at this event, will go towards the Lewis Cancer Research Pavilion to offer colon screenings and support.
"The funds will be used for those who cannot afford screenings, an undeserved population in Chatham County."
Cargill says the sooner you get your rear in gear, the earlier doctors can detect the disease and treat it.
New research finds even just an hour a week of low intensity exercise like walking or climbing stairs can reduce a person's risk of developing colon polyps by one-third.