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Hundreds run in their skivvies to raise colon cancer awareness

By Karissa Manis, Producer, kmanis@wcyb.com
Published On: Apr 07 2013 05:37:17 PM CDT
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

If you were in the Kingsport area Sunday and saw a bunch of people running around in their unmentionables, don't worry, it was for a good cause.
It was the second annual Skivvy Scoot 5k.
It's sponsored by the Wellmont Cancer Institute and Gastroenterology Associates.
People and dogs could walk or run, and it's an entertaining way to help raise awareness of colon cancer and the importance of regular colonoscopies.

"To spread the message that colon cancer is quite preventable if you take certain preventable measures early on. We encourage people to get colonoscopies regularly and take steps to learn early on whether they might have colon cancer," Jim Wozniak with Wellmont Health Systems tells us.

We're told the best age to start getting screened is 50-years-old.
All proceeds from Sunday's race helps low-income residents of the region get screenings.

For more information about colon cancer, its risk factors and preventive measures, you can call Wellmont Nurse Connection <http://www.wellmont.org/Nurse-Connection/> 1-877-230-NURSE (6877).