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BOISE, Idaho -- The 13th annual Brian Olson Memorial Golf Classic donated $30,000 to St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute at the close of the tournament on Friday, June 7.
Since the tournament’s inception, more than $400,000 has been raised for St. Luke’s MSTI to support colon cancer screening and genetic testing efforts. The tournament is named after Brian Olson, a Boise resident and former Hewlett Packard employee who died in 1999 at the age of 39 from colon cancer.
This year, a portion of the money raised from the tournament will go to help fund Lynch Syndrome Screening. Lynch syndrome is a hereditary cancer syndrome that causes an 80 percent risk of colorectal cancer, a 60 percent risk of endometrial cancer, and additional risks for small bowel, ovarian, stomach, pancreas, urinary tract, brain, kidney, breast, and prostate cancers.
Lynch Syndrome testing is offered for family members of patients who are diagnosed with colon or endometrial cancer. Individuals who test positive for Lynch Syndrome, are then recommended to have early and frequent screening for colon and endometrial cancer. Colon cancer screening, which is normally recommended at age 50, can start as early as the age 20 for individuals with Lynch Syndrome. Last year, funding from the Brian Olson Tournament helped offset testing costs for 200 individual for Lynch Syndrome. Of those tested, about 10 tested positive for Lynch Syndrome and can now start early screening.
In addition to funding genetic testing, funding from the Brian Olson Tournament helps provide free colon cancer screening kits and other prevention and screening efforts.
Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.
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