- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

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.

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