March 1, 2019

Colorectal Cancer is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable


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Larry Antonucci

In health care systems, hospitals and physician offices around the country, March is a month dedicated to raising awareness about colorectal cancer. The third most common type of cancer in the United States for men and women and the second-leading cause of cancer death overall, colorectal cancer is prevalent but also preventable with proper screening. Talk to your doctor about timing and options for screening, especially since the American Cancer Society updated its guidelines for colorectal screening last year—now recommending people at average risk begin screening at the age of 45 instead of 50.

Lee Health, through the Regional Cancer Center, is not only raising awareness this month, we’re also working to raise funds to support those living with colorectal cancer and those who need help with screening. Throughout the month of March, blue rubber ducks are for sale at Cookie’s Place at Regional Cancer Center, with proceeds going to the Center’s Compassionate Care Fund to help pay for food vouchers and ostomy supplies, as well as colonoscopies.

We also are a proud sponsor of the 9th Annual Scope for Hope 5K Run, 2-Mile Walk and Kids’ Fun Run (click here for more information) , which is set for Saturday, March 16 at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers. This annual event raises funds for colorectal programs, including screening, treatment and education programs to help our families, friends and neighbors throughout Southwest Florida.

In addition to our commitment to raising funds and awareness, Regional Cancer Center, through the Cancer Nurse Navigator Program, also aims to assist patients and families along each step of the journey—from screening and diagnosis to treatment and recovery. Navigation begins when a person receives a suspicious finding or a cancer diagnosis. This one-on-one assistance helps ensure timely diagnosis and treatment by addressing needs—whether medical, emotional, educational or financial—that may arise. Our nurse navigators, with their specialized knowledge of specific cancers and their kindness and compassion, enhance the quality and continuity of care.

I hope this message serves as a reminder to you to talk to to your doctor or health care provider about colorectal cancer screening. The disease is preventable and highly treatable, and we are here for you every step of the way.


Yours in Health,

Larry Antonucci signatureLarry Antonucci, M.D., MBA

President & CEO, Lee Health

Thank you for your support. Together we are Caring People. Inspiring Health.