Colon cancer center hosts gala to honor survivors


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Center for Colon Cancer Research is holding a gala in Columbia to remind people the disease is one of the most preventable and curable forms of cancer when detected early.

The 7 p.m. event Saturday at the Koger Center is being held to remind that colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the country.

The American Cancer Society says about 2,300 South Carolinians are diagnosed every year.

Former University of South Carolina and Carolina Panthers defensive back Terry Cousin is attending as an advocate for early cancer screening.

A silent auction is being held to raise funds to support the research center’s efforts to help people get checked for the disease. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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