Background: The Comprehensive Cancer Program held a community Colorectal Cancer Awareness Fair on March 5, 2019 at the VAMC. The goal was to increase awareness of Colorectal Cancer and to engage veterans in educational opportunities about Colorectal Cancer.
Methods: The VAMC purchased an in atable “Megacolon” for veterans to walk through guided by nurses from the GI department. Cubicles were set-up for nursing education sessions, a provider station, a scheduling station, and a colonoscope table. A video loop “Before and After Colonoscopy” by Mechanisms in Medicine, Inc. (Thornhill, Ontario, Canada) played continuously in the waiting area by the provider and nurse’s cubicles. Providers in the GI department offered 2 educational presentations: “How to Stop Colon Cancer Before It Starts” by Carol Macaron, MD; and “Colonoscopy: The Good, Bad, and Ugly” by Edith Ho, MD. Additional education information was provided at staffed tables from VA General Surgery, GI, MOVE! Nutrition & Food Services, and Smoking Cessation. Also, in attendance were Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. External Affairs advertised the fair on Facebook and Twitter. Medical Media created publicity posters and event flyers.
Results: The event was attended by 244 people—68 veterans, 170 employees, and 6 guests. Six colonoscopies were scheduled onsite. At least 7 veterans had questions regarding their colonoscopy surveillance in which reminder dates were given.