In recognition of national colorectal awareness month (March), St. John’s
Health is hosting free night skiing (or a ride on the mountain coaster)
at Snow King Mountain on Thursday, February 27, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
“We aim to create a family-friendly, active event around a subject
that many people aren’t comfortable talking about,” said St.
John’s Health general surgeon and interventional endoscopist
Eric Wieman, MD, FACS. “We’ll have fun outdoors, and then we’ll come inside
for food and information.”
All events take place in
King’s Grill, beginning at 4:00 pm, when attendees can pick up a ticket for either free
night skiing or a mountain coaster ride. Complimentary food and beverages
will be available beginning at 6:00 pm, with a cash bar. At 6:30 pm, Dr.
Wieman and cancer survivors will make brief remarks, followed by a drawing
for door prizes, courtesy of
Stio, Teton Gravity Research, and
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Throughout the evening, representatives from
Teton County Health Department will be providing assistance on completing applications for free colonoscopies.
Wyoming Cancer Resource Services will offer information on cancer and appropriate screenings.
On Monday, March 16, 7:00-8:00 pm, St. John’s Health presents “Advances
in Colon Cancer Genetics,” featuring keynote speakers gastroenterologist
Priyanka Kanth, MD, of Huntsman Cancer Institute, and St. John’s Health surgeon Eric Wieman, MD. Talks will be followed
by a panel of local experts, including oncologist
Benjamin Solomon, MD, who holds visiting clinics at St. John’s Health. This event takes
place at the
Wort Hotel at 50 N. Glenwood in Jackson. Refreshments provided, and a cash bar is
According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third most
common cancer diagnosis in both men and women. Experts estimate almost
100,000 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed this year. The good
news is that the survival rate for early detection—or stage I colon
cancer—is 92 percent.
Both men and women who lack symptoms and don’t have colon cancer
in their family history should start screenings at age 50. St. John’s
offers an easy process called open-access registration, for men and women
age 50 and above, who lack symptoms, and who don’t have colon cancer
in their family history. There’s no need for a referral or an initial
office appointment ahead of the procedure. Patients can simply fill out
a form at
www.stjohns.health/colonoscopy, and a nurse will call them back to schedule the colonoscopy. Any precancerous
polyps that are found during a colonoscopy are removed, making colonoscopy
the only screening test that also serves as a treatment.
Barriers to getting a colonoscopy at St. John’s Health are virtually
eliminated. For patients over 50, most colonoscopies are covered by the
wellness benefit in their insurance. For information on St. John’s
Health discounts and financial navigation, call 307.739.7247. In addition
to the application for free colonoscopies provided by
Teton County Health Department,
St. John’s Health Foundation offers financial assistance through its cancer patient support fund. Support
to this fund comes from GE Johnson.
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,
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