The Colon Cancer Alliance’s Undy Run/Walk will host its tenth annual event this Saturday, November 4, 2017 in the State Capitol District in downtown Phoenix. The Undy Run/Walk is a 5k and one-mile fun run/walk that raises funds and awareness for colorectal cancer. The Undy is a family- and pet-friendly walk that honors survivors, caregivers, and all those affected by this disease. Participants receive a pair of boxer shorts instead of a race-day t-shirt, providing a fun twist to a serious topic.

Our most recent data shows that in 2014, there were 2,621 men and women diagnosed with colorectal cancer in Arizona, making colorectal cancer among the top five cancers diagnosed in our state. Colorectal cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death in Arizona. In 2015, 1,012 Arizonans died from colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer can be detected early. Everyone has a colon – most adults should be screened starting at the age of 50. Screening doesn’t necessarily mean a colonoscopy; those at average risk for getting colorectal cancer may choose a less invasive, take-home stool test called the FIT (no down-time needed!). Getting screened at the right time allows providers to potentially catch the cancer in its earliest stages, when it is easier to treat.

Approximately two-thirds of patients who receive a colorectal cancer diagnosis do not have a family history of the disease. Fortunately, there are things everyone can do to reduce their risk for colorectal cancer, including maintaining an active lifestyle, being tobacco free, eating well, and avoiding heavy alcohol use. Join the Arizona Colorectal Cancer Task Force this Saturday by registering or supporting our team today.