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- PREVENTING COLORECTAL CANCER WITH #CF4LIFE -
At #CFB4LIFE, we are committed to using our platform to partner with persons, organizations, institutions and businesses that focus on preventing diseases, solving problems, alleviating pain and/or providing aid to Communities that are inequitably adversely affected. As a business, #CFB4LIFE has partnered with Dr. Darrell Gray, MD, MPH at Wexner Medical Center (The Ohio State University) to help support his many efforts to bring awareness to the importance of colon cancer screening and preventive measures such as participating in a clean, healthy diet.
On this page, you will find information regarding this partnership as well as information about colorectal cancer and what we should all do to prevent it. Also, don't forget to stop by the #CFB4LIFE store tab and purchase our special #CFB4LIFE Ccolorectal Cancer Awareness t-shirt (pictured also below). ALL profits from sales of this shirt go directly to support our partnership of efforts to cure colon cancer.
Dr. Darrell Gray
Dr. Darrell Gray is a gastroenterologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the Deputy Director of the Center for Cancer Health Equity within The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – The James Cancer Hospital. Through his work in using community engagement to address health disparities in Central Ohio, he has been recognized with a Molina Healthcare Community Champion award, the American College of Gastroenterology Community Service and Grand SCOPY awards, and as an honoree in the 2015 class of Who’s Who in Black Columbus and the 2016 class of Columbus Business First Forty Under 40.
Dr. Gray earned his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. He then completed an Internal Medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center and a gastroenterology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Most recently, he earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University School of Public before joining the faculty at The Ohio State University in 2014.
Screening & Prevention
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The number of new colorectal cancer cases and the number of deaths from colorectal cancer have been decreasing over the past two decades. According to experts, this is likely due to colorectal cancer screening programs.
Colorectal cancer is largely preventable via screening tests and diet and lifestyle modifications. Some screening tests, such as the colonoscopy, can prevent colorectal cancer by detecting precancerous growth (called polyps) that can be removed during the procedure. Other tests, such as stool-based testing, can identify colorectal cancer early to allow for more effective treatment and, often, cure.
The Provider and Community Engagement (PACE) Program for Health Equity in Colorectal Cancer Prevention is a collaborative effort between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (GHN), The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, and multiple community and private organizations that is aimed at reducing disparities in colorectal cancer.
The program, led by Dr. Darrell Gray, II, started during the March 2015 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and consists of a colorectal cancer screening initiative for uninsured and under-insured individuals and educational events for both health care providers and central Ohio residents. This program has received local and national recognition, not the least of which is the American College of Gastroenterology‘s distinguished Grand SCOPY Award for the “Best Multichannel Colorectal Awareness Campaign by a University”