This years Dress in Blue Day, Friday March 4th, was our kick off for Colon Cancer Awareness Month. We'll be at the 2016 Mid-Valley Yard, Garden and Home Show in Salem at the State Fairgrounds March 18-20th handing out swag and informing the public about colon cancer and the benefits of screening from our booth. Stop by and say "Hello."
10 years ago we opened Salem Endoscopy Center to work with Salem Gastro. We are celebrating this anniversary on Nov 4th with an open house which will be open to the public. Check back for details.
In order to better server the community, we are working to expand our staff so we can provide more appointment opportunies. In March we added Angela Young PA-C and in June we added Michael Slabaugh PA-C.
Watch these videos and see how Salem Gastro is continuing to advance colon cancer awareness throughout the month of March.
AM Northwest Interview
Dr. Jon Mason, from Gastroenterology Specialists of Oregon, joins Michell Baker, of the Steve Baker Colorectal Cancer Alliance (SBCCA) as she shares her fathers story, and discusses colon cancer awareness, risk factors, and screenings.
KUPN Univision Awareness Ad (en Español)
Hear from a colon cancer survivor about signs, symptoms, and risk factors, including important resources for information and help with screenings.
Salem Gastro kicked off Colon Cancer Awareness month in true blue fashion at their booth in the Salem Hospital Friday, March 1st. Participating in the CCA’s National Dress in Blue Day, volunteers gave away bracelets and t-shirts, along with vital information about colon cancer and screenings. One lucky visitor won a free Kindle Fire. Smiles abounded, and even Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney joined in the fun…
March 1st is national ‘Dress in Blue’ Day – a day on which the Colon Cancer Alliance urges everyone to wear something blue to raise awareness of the importance of colorectal cancer screening. Sharing that vision, Salem Gastro invites you to join us that Friday at our booth in the Creekside Dining room at Salem Hospital (Building D), from 11am to 2pm.
Along with giving away free commemorative items, informative literature and souvenir T-shirts, our staff volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about this deadly but often preventable/curable type of cancer.
While you’re there, make a donation to Salem Cancer Institute’s Colon Cancer Fund and you’ll be automatically entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire. (Winner will be notified after the event.)
Said Salem Gastro spokesperson Dr. Lawrence Gates: “We hope this event will contribute to higher awareness not only during March, but throughout the year.”
Learn more about ‘Dress in Blue’ Day through the Colon Cancer Alliance web site.
UPDATE: The office of Peter Courtney, President of the Oregon Senate, has just announced that Senator Courtney will set aside an hour or so on that day to join us at our booth, and help spread the vital message.
On January 1st, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed a Proclamation declaring March to be “Colon Cancer Awareness Month” across the state of Oregon. The Governor’s action was timed to coincide with the nationwide effort of the Colon Cancer Alliance, with the support of local sponsors such as Salem Gastro, to promote the wearing of blue on that day, and to encourage awareness-related activities during all 31 days of the month.
As a committed participant in “Dress in Blue Day” and the ongoing awareness drive, Salem Gastro has produced custom t-shirts, bracelets and other items for fundraising and publicity purposes, and plans a special outreach to make the public and local clinics aware of the life-saving importance of preventive screening, and the specialized resources and personnel that Salem Gastro brings to the battle against the disease.
Governor Kitzhaber’s Proclamation cites the sobering statistic that in the United States, someone is diagnosed with colorectal cancer on the average of every three minutes, and every 10 minutes someone succumbs to it. On the other hand, the document also points out that regular screening could reduce the fatality rate by up to 70 percent.
Said Salem Gastro spokesperson Devin Fillman: "We hope that the Governor’s Proclamation, as well as ‘Dress in Blue’ Day’s high-spirited variation on ‘March Madness’, will lead to heightened awareness of this often preventable disease."