Matt and Kathy Holliday help promote colon cancer screening

Matt and Kathy HollidayThe Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is proud to team up with Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals and his mom, Kathy, a colon cancer survivor, to raise awareness about the importance of colon cancer screening.

As part of the “Cancer Doesn’t Take a Holliday” campaign, the Hollidays recorded public service announcements that promote colon cancer screening. The Cardinals, another campaign partner, also are promoting screening, as will billboards placed around eastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

“My mom is a fighter, a value she instilled in my brother and me,” Matt Holliday says. “She also taught us the importance of giving back to the community and looking out for others, which is why she and I are involved in this cause.”

Kathy Holliday is now cancer-free after being treated last year by Siteman surgeon Steven Hunt, MD. A routine screening did not reveal her cancer; instead, ongoing fatigue prompted her to visit her doctor. Thankfully, her cancer was discovered at an early stage. Not everyone shows symptoms until later, sometimes not until it’s too late.

“That’s why I tell people to schedule regular screenings starting at age 50,” she says.

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, with 140,000 people diagnosed each year. It’s also one of the most preventable. A person’s risk can be reduced by making a few lifestyle changes. (Read our 8 Ways to Prevent Colon Cancer guidelines.)

Regular screenings, which can detect colon polyps before they turn cancerous, also are essential. Several screening tests for colon cancer are available. As Kathy Holliday says, most people should start getting screened at age 50.

For additional information about colon cancer prevention and screening or to learn more about Kathy Holliday’s story, visit sitemanscreening.wustl.edu.

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The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital & Washington University School of Medicine is the only cancer center in Missouri to hold the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute and membership in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Siteman offers the expertise of more than 350 Washington University research scientists and physicians who provide care for more than 8,000 newly diagnosed patients each year at a main campus in St. Louis and satellite centers in west St. Louis County, St. Charles County and south St. Louis County.

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