We're one week away from National Colon Cancer Screening Day! We're also one week away from Colon Cancer Alliance's 6th annual Dress in Blue Day. Dress in Blue Day was created in 2009 to raise awareness for colon cancer, to encourage people to get screened and to celebrate the courage of those affected by this disease.
Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer in both men and women, but it also happens to be one of the most preventable diseases. According to the American Cancer Society, about 150,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer each year and 50,000 will die from it. But when detected early, colon cancer is 90 percent treatable. The best way to detect colon cancer early is by having regular colon cancer screenings. A colonoscopy is the gold standard when it comes to screening for colon cancer because it is the only test that can diagnose and treat colon cancer at the same time.
This year, CCA's Dress in Blue Day and StopColonCancerNow.com's National Screening Day occur on the same day, which the perfect way to raise the most awareness possible for this disease. If you are age 50 or older (45 for African Americans) and you've never had a colonoscopy, it's time to schedule your first screening. Schedule your colonoscopy for March 7, and on that day, make sure you, your family, friends, coworkers, community, etc., all wear blue and help raise awareness for colon cancer. Together we can all Stop Colon Cancer Now!
For more information about Dress in Blue Day and more ways to participate in it, check out CCA's website.