Menorah Medical Center
August 23, 2016

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider and a leader in colorectal cancer diagnosis and treatment—is a sponsor of the Colon Cancer Coalition’s sixth annual Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Run/Walk—Kansas City at Zona Rosa on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Kansas City’s largest colon cancer event raises funds for colon cancer awareness efforts in the community, including funding programs aimed at increasing colon cancer awareness, screening, and early detection of the disease. Funds from past Get Your Rear in Gear—Kansas City events have funded local public awareness initiatives and screening programs, including new a stool-based testing program for the under-served population in Kansas City.

Menorah Medical Center is a leader in Kansas City offering da Vinci technology, and was the first in Kansas City and one of the first across the globe to receive the newest and most advanced da Vinci Xi Surgical System. A technological leap forward in replacing large-incision abdominal surgeries (open surgery) with a minimally invasive approach, the system offers three-dimensional, high-definition visualization, which allows enhanced dexterity and greater precision and control for the surgeon during complex, multi-quadrant surgeries.

“Menorah Medical Center is committed to offering significant surgical advancements such as da Vinci Xi to our community,” says Menorah Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Charles Laird. “Our highly skilled surgeons are honored to be have been among the first in the world to utilize this truly amazing state-of-the-art technology.”

Menorah Medical Center board-certified colorectal surgeons Lina O’Brien, MD and Benyamine Mizrahi, MD, also part of Colorectal Surgery Associates, the presenting sponsor of Get Your Rear in Gear—Kansas City, stress the importance of early detection of colorectal cancer, a largely preventable disease.

"Colon cancer screenings are the best screening tool available for early detection,” Dr. O’Brien says. “I tell my patients the hard part is the prep. The colonoscopy is quick and done under sedation, and the benefits are huge. It's the only screening tool that can actually remove polyps before they have a chance to become cancer, so it's therapeutic as well.  That’s why Colorectal Surgery Associates is so proud to be a sponsor of the Get your Rear in Gear race that bring awareness to the importance of screenings.”

“We’re proud to offer the da Vinci Xi to patients in the region at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center and to participate in meaningful awareness-building events such as Get Your Rear in Gear,” Dr. Mizrahi says.  “The statistics are staggering —the American Cancer Society estimates that 95,270 new cases of colon cancer and 39,220 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. during 2016. It’s expected to cause 49,190 deaths this year and yet, with early screening and improved treatments and advanced technology such as the da Vinci Xi, more people are surviving.”

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