Join us for the Bottoms Up For Colon Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk

Posted by Madison Dusek on Feb 12, 2018 1:48:02 PM


The Rapid City Medical Center and The Endoscopy Center will host the Second Annual Bottoms Up for Colon Cancer 5K run/walk on Saturday, March 31.

The event, which aims to increase colon cancer awareness, will raise money for early detection and prevention. Again this year all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s initiative to increase screening rates to 80% by the end of this year. By meeting our fundraising goal, together, we can help prevent 277,000 new cases of colon cancer and 203,000 deaths within the next 20 years.

Last year we were able to almost double our goal of $5,000 by raising $9,395.92. This year we are setting out to hit that $10,000 mark. The proceeds will benefit the local American Cancer Society and promote early screening and prevention of colon cancer.

The race will start and finish at Founders Park in Rapid City. Registration will open at 10:00 a.m. and the race will begin at 11:00 a.m. Registration fee for all participants on race day is $25.

Early registration for this event is now open and will close March 17. Registration forms are available at The Runner’s Shop, Rapid City Medical Center, and The Endoscopy Center or online at Early registration rates are $20 and $15 for Runners Club members. All racers are invited for lunch and brews under the giant inflatable colon sponsored by Lost Cabin immediately following the race.
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The first 250 people to register will receive a fleece beanie and all participants will receive a SWAG bag at registration. All fitness levels are welcome. This event is designed for the whole family to enjoy!

For more information about the Bottoms Up for Colon Cancer 5K run/walk, call Andi Litton or Leslie Messenger of the Rapid City Medical Center at (605) 342-3280.

Over $9,000 Raised for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Madison Dusek on Mar 15, 2017 5:29:17 PM



The Rapid City Medical Center along with The Endoscopy Center hosted the 2017 Bottoms Up 5K Run/Walk and raised over $9,000 for the American Cancer Society. Funds will benefit colon cancer research in western South Dakota. The race, held on March 11, had 136 participants racing along the Rapid City bike path from Founders Park to Sioux Park and back. Participants gathered at Lost Cabin Beer Company for a post race celebration in honor of colon cancer awareness month. Lost Cabin along with Smokin’ Hot Catering donated a percentage of the proceeds on Saturday to the cause as well.

Gastroenterology: Travel and IBS

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jul 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM


IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, adds a level of discomfort and uncertainty to many everyday situations, but one of the things that people with IBS worry about the most is travel. How can you manage symptoms when away from home? How can you make travel more comfortable? Let our Gastroenterology experts help!

Gastroenterology: Colon Cancer Screenings

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jun 28, 2016 9:00:00 PM


Although cancer of any kind is a formidable enemy in the medical world, we do have some crucial defenses that can be literal life-savers. Many defenses are straightforward and easy to apply, like healthy lifestyle choices, but the most important defense is also the one that is least understood: cancer screenings, especially those for Colon Cancer.

Everyday Gastroenterology: Food for Colon Health

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Apr 18, 2016 11:30:00 AM


Food is amazingly powerful. It has the unique ability to bring humans together, regardless of age, background, and disposition, simply because it fulfills a basic need that we all share: hunger. However, the more we learn about food, the more we realize just how powerful it is in multiple ways. Food can keep us healthy. Food can reduce our chances of disease and illness. Food can strengthen us. Food can act as a shield for our bodies. In fact, some foods can even help protect us from cancer. One good example of this is the "colorful food diet" recommended by Gastroenterology experts to help prevent colorectal cancer.

Tips from Gastroenterology Experts: Coffee

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Mar 24, 2016 11:00:00 AM


We all have a routine. For some of us, it's a daily routine, a regular and precise game-plan that dictates every step, every break, and, sometimes, even every thought. For others, routine is a much smaller part of life; it's in wetting the toothbrush before you put the toothpaste on, or drinking out of that one mug, or sitting in a certain chair, or taking the same side-road to work everyday--the small stuff. However, whether your routine is an everyday strategy or a by-the-minute thing, it's likely that coffee is part of that routine one way or another. We often rely on coffee to wake us up and keep us alert throughout the day. But we know that too much of a good thing isn't good at all--so what do Gastroenterology experts suggest?


It seems strange that anyone would do such intensive research on something as simple as coffee, but the truth is that coffee isn't so simple, and it can have a big impact on the way your body works. Although studies haven't yet identified all of the cause-and-effect relationships present in your morning mug, it still remains clear that coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, interacts with your body in strange--and not always good--ways. Some side-effects occur only after drinking coffee; others appear because the ingredients aggravate a preexisting issue. The trick is to pay attention to how coffee affects you. How does it make you feel? And, most importantly, what should you be looking for?

Coffee "Side-Effects"

So, what are the proven "side-effects" of coffee? Let our Gastroenterology experts explain!

  • Intestines. Drinking a lot of coffee can have a surprising, and often dangerous, effect on your intestines. The ingredients in this beverage are especially acidic, and they can interact in very unwelcome ways with the lining of your stomach and intestines or even cause ulcers.
  • Laxative. The unfortunate truth is that coffee is a laxative. Drinking it in small amounts at irregular intervals will not cause problems, but if you make it a habit, you will likely begin to see the effects.
  • Stomach acidity. Coffee alters the levels of acidity in your stomach; we know that much for sure. However, coffee interacts differently with each person, and thus some individuals will experience heartburn from coffee while others won't. The key is to pay attention--how does coffee affect you?

Interested in more health tips? Looking for Gastroenterology experts? Contact us today!

How to Avoid Heartburn

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Feb 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM


Eating doesn't seem like it should be too much of a challenge. As long as there is plentiful food around and you have the means--and, perhaps, the knowledge--to safely prepare it, there shouldn't be any trouble beyond deciding what to eat. However, deciding what to eat can often be a challenge in itself. In today's world, we are extremely aware of the power of food, and we treat it like a living thing that must be tamed; before we can trust it, we feel we need to know the calorie count, the suggested serving size, the carbohydrates, the protein, the expiration date. Of course, there's more to it than that. What if you can't eat gluten? What if you're lactose intolerant? And, the battle that many of us fight daily--what if you have heartburn? Food can be difficult.