This is our last blog before the race on Sunday. It is a tribute to you, bumnation, who have blown us away with your generosity and support. Colon Cancer is not a light topic. No one wants to talk about it. Not because of it’s location but because it’s so real. Almost everyone knows someone affected by it in one way or another. And yet it’s as close to preventable as cancer gets. No one wants to imagine hearing “those words”. Our colons are so essential to our vitality. It’s too much to bear. This Sunday, we will come together as a nation of people who are fighting for awareness. Be aware. Speak to your doctor. Stay ahead of your behind. And we hope that one day there will be no need for a Bum Run. But for now, we will salute you all on Sunday, August 25th at 8am when our race begins and celebrate with you at the finish line. Bumnation unites. We are so grateful to you all.
THIS IS IT! There are only 6 days until race day. We are in the final stretch. We know that some of you have been avoiding asking your colleagues, friends and family to sponsor you. We know it’s awkard. What if they just delete your email? What if they avoid you? What if they ask you to *gasp* sponsor them back? We get it. It’s not easy. But we say: HAVE NO SHAME! After all, we are called the Bio-K+ “Bum Run”. We have no shame. It’s the last week. Title your email “If you can sponsor me anything that would be great but if you can’t that’s cool”. Or just ask for people to cheer you on, tweet you through, like our facebook page, & get informed about colorectal screening & prevention. This cause is huge. Almost everyone knows someone who has been touched by colon cancer. People don’t like to talk about it. Bum cancer? Who wants to think about bum cancer? WE DO. Catch us on Breakfast Television with Melanie Ng Tuesday morning 6:20am talking about it. We have no shame in shouting and tweeting to the world: CHECK OUT OUR BUMS! They are bouncing on Sunday, August 25th at the 2013 Bio-k+ Bum Run so that you will check out YOUR BUM too. 6 more days. Let’s do this. Bumnation unites!
It’s not over. Summer days are few but you can still make the most of them. We think this thematic “end” link with the Biok+ Bum Run is no coincidence! No one wants to talk about the end. But we aren’t afraid here. Did you know your end is one of the most common and yet most preventable hosts for cancer? Talk to your doctor about how you can screen for colorectal cancer and keep healthy. This blogger suggests what better way to start than a 5K run or walk at the Biok+ Bum Run on August 25th. Registration is almost closed. Don’t miss the perfect summer end for your end!
This week’s blog is about why we have chosen to raise awareness about colorectal screening & prevention. Simply put – colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second most common cause of death from cancer for both Canadian men and women. This should not be the case. Colorectal cancer can be detected early and is even preventable in 90% of cases. But almost half of those diagnosed find out too late. Your friendly organizers of the @biokplus Bum Run want to encourage as many people as we can to talk to their physicians and learn about how to screen for and prevent colorectal cancer. We can beat this thing together. Join us on August 25th to raise funds for Colon Cancer Canada, raise awareness of screening & prevention, and honour our friends and family affected by colorectal cancer. Join us. Run. Walk. Love your bum.
Colonoscopy. Does the word make you uncomfortable? Here are a few reasons why the word should make you feel happy. First, a colonoscopy can save your life. Second, preparing for a colonoscopy, while a bit, let’s say, inconvenient because you should really stay close to home at the time, it will make you feel like a whole new person when it’s done. If you don’t know what we mean, you’ll have to try it to find out. Third, everybody, and we mean everybody, should be doing it. Fourth, you will surprisingly have the best cat nap that you’ve had in a long time. And fifth, what better source of humour than a colonoscopy? You’ll be a hit with your friends when you recite all of those well-known colonoscopy jokes during the procedure. For example, when you’re on the table you can say things to your doctor like, “Can you hear me NOW?” or “Is my head up there? Because sometimes I feel like it is.” or “You know, in some cultures, we are legally married now”. That’s good material. Colonoscopies. They’re funny and will save your life. Try one.
Earlier this month, the Canadian Cancer Statistics 2012 were released by the Canadian Cancer Society and estimate that, on average, 64 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer every day. One in 13 men and one in 16 women is expected to develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. That means someone in your extended family is likely to get it. Improvements in screening and early detection have brought this number down in recent years, but it is still one of the four major cancers affecting our world every day. The only way to know if you’re at risk is to know the questions to ask, the tests to get, and to spread the word. Come out and support the Bum Run on August 26, 2012 to raise awareness about these statistics and encourage more Canadians to make sure there’s no junk in their trunk!
iRun so I don’t have to tell another patient that he has cancer… and it could have been prevented
Hello. My name is Ian and I am a gastroenterologist or “bum” doctor. I’m the kind of doctor you see when you are over 50 or if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, to get a colonoscopy. During this procedure, I look for abnormalities in the colon called polyps- which are growths that could lead to colorectal cancer, if not removed.
Unfortunately, I diagnose colorectal cancer in somebody new every month. But even more unfortunate – 95% of these cases could have been prevented had the guidelines for screening and prevention been followed…Read More