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Published on March 28, 2012

Crozer-Keystone Receives Proclamations about Colorectal Cancer Month

Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie, fifth from the left, presents a proclamation about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in front of the Delaware County Regional Cancer Center at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Joining Micozzie are, left to right, Debra Simon, director of Healthline Services; Barbara Morley, HealthyWoman & Susan G. Komen grant coordinator for Crozer-Keystone; Rachelle Lanciano, M.D., chief of the Department of Radiation Oncology at DCMH; William McCune, president of DCMH; Stephen Silver, M.D., chief of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at DCMH; Manoj Shirodkar, M.D., DCMH gastroenterologist; Marie DeStefano, administrative director of Oncology for Crozer-Keystone; and Alan Sears, M.D., DCMH gastroenterologist.

To help raise awareness about how colorectal cancer can be prevented and treated, Crozer-Keystone Health System worked to gain official proclamations from various government leaders and municipalities to recognize March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Among the municipalities who partnered with Crozer-Keystone to release proclamations were the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (office of Governor Tom Corbett), Upper Darby, Springfield Township, Concord Township, Aston and Ridley Park. Mayor Thomas Micozzie of Upper Darby even presented his municipality’s proclamation in person at Delaware County Memorial Hospital.

The efforts to gain the proclamations were led by Patti Hollenback, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N., nurse navigator at the Crozer Regional Cancer Center. See this link for a brief article about Hollenback and colleague Jean Gallagher receiving the presentation at the Springfield Board of Commissioners meeting: http://bit.ly/GWus1S.

Beginning with national “Dress in Blue Day” and continuing throughout the month, Hollenback and her Crozer-Keystone colleagues worked to educate the community about colorectal cancer. Crozer-Keystone sponsored a range of free educational events and screenings throughout the month. 

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, more than 2,000 Pennsylvania men and women are expected to die in 2012 from colorectal cancer. Each year, over 50,000 Americans die from this disease.

For more information about Crozer-Keystone Cancer Services, visit http://ckcancer.crozerkeystone.org or call 1-866-695-HOPE (1-866-695-4673).

For more information about Crozer-Keystone Gastroenterology Services, visit http://gi.crozerkeystone.org or call 1-877-CKHS-GI1 (1-877-254-7441).

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