Dinner Event to Highlight Colon Cancer Risk Factors
Byline: Joan Broz
Lunch may never be free, but who could resist a nearly free dinner at a first-rate Lisle hotel?
Hilton Hotel executive chef Jeff Decko is planning a five-course meal for 250 adults 50 and older to mark Colon Cancer Awareness Month. The event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society's Illinois division, Central DuPage Hospital Oncology Services, Central DuPage Health Colon Cancer Screening Center and the DuPage County Health Department.
Dinner will begin with a vegetable couscous soup and freshly baked rolls. The salad is a mix of seasonal greens with a choice of two low-fat dressings. Diners can choose between two healthy entrees - a sauteed salmon with fresh asparagus, mushrooms and sun- dried tomato over fettuccini or vegetarian sauteed portobello mushrooms with fresh asparagus, sun-dried tomato and cashews over fettuccini. Dessert is a fruit parfait with layers of raspberry sorbet with fresh berries, whipped yogurt and a raspberry garnish.
"Doesn't it sound good?" asks Jean Fee, the hotel's catering sales manager. "And it's healthy."
What's the catch?
The sponsoring health organizations want participants to be aware that colon cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. Organizers aim to reduce colorectal cancer deaths in DuPage County and lead by example with good food to prove their point.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in our country and the third most common cancer, said organizer Nancy Eisemon, a nurse endoscopist with Central DuPage Hospital.
The American Cancer Society estimates 72,800 men and 74,700 women in the United States will be diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer in 2003.
Every 10 years, the Healthy People report compiles statistics and evaluates our national health status.
"(Healthy People 2010) is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats," Eisemon said.
"Even though we have met the Healthy People 2000 goal to reduce colorectal cancer deaths to no more than 13.2 per 100,000, still less than 40 percent of the population over the age of 50 gets screened. …