Lackawanna Commissioners Recognize C.A.S.U.A.L Day

Casual Day Proclamation Pix

The Lackawanna County Commissioners issued a proclamation to recognize the impact the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s (NRCI) 16th annual C.A.S.U.A.L Day has on the fight against colon cancer in our region.

Established by the family of the late Helen Phillips, the event urges residents to get screened for early detection of colon cancer and also highlights the medical breakthroughs that have saved lives.

Shown from left:  Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Karen Saunders, NRCI’s President; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute Names C.A.S.U.A.L. Day Chair

casual day - holly carronHolly Roever Carron was recently named chair for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 16th Annual C.A.S.U.A.L. (Colon cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day.

Ms. Carron is president at HW Roever Inc, an independent, family operated franchisee of Dunkin Donuts. She is responsible for operating nine Dunkin Donuts in the Greater Scranton area and is extremely knowledgeable about quick service restaurant trends.

Previously, Ms. Carron worked as Provisioning Manager at MCI WorldCom, an American telecommunication corporation, currently a subsidiary of Verizon Communications.

Ms. Carron is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University at University Park with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and international business with a concentration in Spanish. She is a member of several local community minded boards such as Leadership Lackawanna- the premier Business Development organization in Lackawanna County.

Also, Ms. Carron is a board member of St. Joseph’s Center, an organization designed to assist those with intellectual disabilities and developmental delays. Ms. Carron is currently a member of the Dunkin’ Brands Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Ad Committee assisting in making marketing decisions for 78 stores.

C.A.S.U.A.L. Day, set for Thursday, March 28, is a dress down day to raise awareness for colorectal cancer in Northeast Pennsylvania.  On this day, participants dress casual while wearing a specially designed pin, silicone wrist-band and/or t-shirt.

The focus of this awareness campaign is to have a casual conversation about colon cancer. All proceeds from the event stay in NEPA and go towards the Cancer Institute efforts to raise awareness and support to support colorectal cancer prevention, early detection education and screenings.  

For more information about C.A.S.U.A.L. Day and how to participate, call the Cancer Institute at (570) 941-7984 or visit

NEPA Cancer Institute Releases New Surveillance Report

cancer instituteThe Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, a local community-based nonprofit organization, has released the latest “Cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania: Incidence and Mortality for Common Cancers” surveillance report.  

The report is available at:

This unique, locally focused report was compiled by Cancer Institute Surveillance Coordinator, Karen Ryczak, RN and Medical Director, Samuel Lesko, MD, MPH. The report documents that both incidence and mortality rates for cancer are significantly higher in NEPA than the US as a whole.

It also identifies those cancer sites for which there is a disparity in either incidence or mortality. Of note, tobacco related cancers, such as lung, larynx, oral cavity, pharynx and bladder cancers are statistically significantly higher than the U.S. rate in both men and women.   

Also noteworthy is an increase in the incidence of colorectal cancer in individuals under the age of 50, a trend that has also been documented in the U.S.  Although screening for this cancer is not routinely conducted among patients younger than 50 without specific risk factors, clinicians should consider the possibility of an underlying malignancy among patients with symptoms consistent with this diagnosis.  This may be especially true in northeast Pennsylvania where the incidence of colorectal cancer is higher than the U.S. average.

The goal in sharing these data is to raise awareness across the community and to promote collaborative efforts to reduce the risk of select cancers through healthy lifestyle choices and adherence to proper screening guidelines. The report offers important insight for Northeastern Pennsylvania residents, health professionals, and government leaders.

The Cancer Institute can provide additional information or interviews regarding the latest report. For a hard copy of this report, contact the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute directly at 570-941-7984 or