March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! We use this month to remember those touched by colon or rectum cancer and raise awareness for a type of cancer that will touch 135,000 Americans this year, according to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. “The fact is that early detection through prevention and screening is proven to dramatically reduce fatalities from colorectal cancer.”
Help raise awareness for colorectal cancer by wearing blue on March 6 for “Dress in Blue Day”! Being the second leading cause of cancer deaths, colorectal cancer touches many lives. It is important that people know the importance of getting routine screenings for preventative purposes. One of the most well-known screenings for colon cancer is a colonoscopy, and it is advised to start screenings when you turn 45, according to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. To find out about all the different types of screenings, visit fightcolorectalcancer.org.
On March 6, don’t forget to wear blue to spread awareness and show support for those fighting colorectal cancer. Talk to your loved ones about the importance of getting routine screenings, and, if you are 45 years old or older, make sure you talk to your doctor about scheduling your first screening.
by Amanda Roland