#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 28 (the final day)
Left from The Villages today and headed south towards St. Petersburg, our final destination. Just a little over 100 miles today…finished in St. Pete around 6:15pm to stage myself to participate in the 2011 Illuminated Night Parade. The parade traveled down Central Avenue to Beach Drive and finished at North Straub Park. Drivers were introduced and then fireworks started off the 2011 IndyCar season!
As this journey ends, we thought it would be helpful to leave you with information on how you can protect yourself by early screenings. Some types of cancer can be found before they cause symptoms. Checking for cancer (or for conditions that may lead to cancer) in people who have no symptoms is called screening. Screening can help doctors find and treat types of cancer early. Generally, cancer treatment is more effective when the disease is found early. However, not all types of cancer have screening tests and some tests are only for people with specific genetic risks. Screening & Testing for some of the more predominant cancer types:
- Breast Cancer – Screening methods to find breast cancer include clinical breast examinations, mammography, and other imaging techniques. Screening may find cancers early, when they are most treatable.
- Cervical Cancer – Screening methods to find cervical changes that may lead to cervical cancer include the Pap test and HPV testing, another type of cancer where screening may find cancers early when they are most treatable.
- Colon/Rectal Cancer – Screening methods to find colon or rectal changes that may lead to cancer include laboratory tests such as fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and imaging tests such as sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. Screening by the latter two tests can find precancerous polyps which can be removed during the test and may find cancer early when it is most treatable.
- Lung Cancer – Researchers are working on developing effective methods to screen for lung cancer. Currently, however, there is no generally accepted screening test. Several lung cancer screening methods being studied include tests of sputum (mucus brought up from the lungs by coughing), chest x-rays, and spiral (helical) CT scans.
- Prostate Cancer – Researchers are working on developing effective methods to screen for prostate cancer. However, it has not yet been shown that screening for prostate cancer decreases the chances of dying from prostate cancer.
We need to become proactive about our health and the health of our loved ones. Think of the lives we can save by early detection and prevention. Let’s pay attention to what our body tells us and make the ever important visit to the doctor…it could save your life!
In closing, we want to once again thank all of our supporters and give special mention to all those who made this ride possible.
To our corporate sponsors:
- Huntleigh McGehee
Our In-Kind Donors:
- Display Graphics
- Helinger Advertising
- Bike Barn
And a special thank you to all our individual supporters along the way…we appreciate each and every one of you and your support in helping to make this ride a success! Now, let’s enjoy the race and keep your thoughts and prayers for Ryan Hunter-Reay this weekend, we pray for his safety and wish him the best of luck in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, GO FOR THE WIN!