Colon cancer is expected to claim the lives of 49,700 American men and women in 2015. Despite the fact that this form of cancer is highly treatable when discovered early, colon cancer remains the third deadliest form of cancer in the United States. Due in part to low testing rates, only 40 percent of people are diagnosed at an early stage while the cancer is still localized (Source: American Cancer Society).
It doesn’t have to be this way!
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, an annual observance dedicated toward raising awareness for this deadly disease and educating people on the importance of routine colon screening. Whether you’re a colon cancer survivor, advocate or caregiver, there are plenty of ways you can get involved! Check out these colon cancer awareness campaigns taking place all throughout the month of March:
One Million Strong
Drawing inspiration from the more than one million colon cancer survivors, One Million Strong is an award-winning campaign designed to spread colon cancer awareness through events, videos, marches, and stories of strength and inspiration. Check out their calendar for upcoming events near you.
Blue Star States
Governors must sign a proclamation each year declaring March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In 2014, 46 governors chose to participate. Let’s work together and get this number to 50! Contact your governor to request a proclamation and make your state a Blue Star State. Fight Colorectal Cancer has all the tools you need, including a step-by-step guide, instructions for your state, and even a sample proclamation.
How about a brief run around the neighborhood? Literally. The Undy 5000 is a family-friendly race that encourages participants to run in their boxers or briefs to get people talking about colon cancer. Funds raised from this event help the Colon Cancer Alliance support local and national colon cancer services. Check here to check for race locations near you. No race in your hometown? No problem! Start your own virtual team and host an event in your community.
Dress in Blue Day
National Dress in Blue Day is Friday, March 6. Dress in the signature color of colon cancer awareness to help spread the word that colon cancer is preventable and treatable with routine screening. Want to take it a step further? Start a team or fundraiser to generate funds for the Colon Cancer Alliance’s financial assistance programs.
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a great opportunity to share life-saving information with those around you. Find a way to get involved in your community and let your voice be heard that colon cancer is preventable and treatable. Your words and actions can save lives!