On Wednesday, March 23rd, National Colon Cancer Awareness Day the Surgical Services Department and the Endoscopy staff came together to host an open house for fellow staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital.
Staff from the Surgical Services and Endoscopy units provided snacks, gave tours, and distributed information to co-workers in an effort aimed at promoting colon health awareness. Overall, about 70 employees attended the two hour event.
Beverly Snow, RN, Nurse Director for the Surgical Services Department shared, "Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of new cancer cases and deaths in Maine. Early detection is our best defense against colon cancer. Early diagnosis can improve a person's chances for successful treatment if you have colon cancer. A colonoscopy is an opportunity for both screening and prevention."
Snow added, "March has been designated as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and to bring attention to this our Surgical Services Department decided to hold an Open House in the Endoscopy Suite for hospital staff. It was the goal of the Surgical Services staff to help heighten awareness of the importance of screening and to give the opportunity to better understand the procedure. It is our hope that there will be a person or two who will make the choice to have a colonoscopy because of the awareness we provided them with."
Photo Caption: Bernice Kehn, RN, center, demonstrates the Endoscopy machine to co-workers Diane Peet and Melinda Ingram from the Imaging Department