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The importance of screening for colon cancer is the message of Multnomah County commissioners and public health officials. Pictured inside a “Strollin Colon’’ traveling exhibit to build awareness on the heath care issue are presenters Matthew Conrad, Tami Mahrt, Tom Foeller, Kent Johns, LaRisha Baker, Marsha Baker and Dr. Mike Whiteford.

The importance of screening for colon cancer is the message of Multnomah County commissioners and public health officials. Pictured inside a “Strollin Colon’’ traveling exhibit to build awareness on the heath care issue are presenters Matthew Conrad, Tami Mahrt, Tom Foeller, Kent Johns, LaRisha Baker, Marsha Baker and Dr. Mike Whiteford.

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Colorectal Screening Saves Lives

Procedure can detect cancer before symptoms occur

Tami Mahrt was two years past the recommended age for colorectal cancer screening. Though she considered herself healthy at 52 years old, she finally went in for her colonoscopy and awoke from the routine procedure with shocking news. Doctors spotted a 4.5 centimeter growth in her colon and said they’d need to remove it with surgery. Mahrt, a manager of operations for the Multnomah County Employee Benefits Office, shared her story during a recent Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month presentation before the Board of County Commissioners.