You might feel like your voice won’t make much of a difference when it comes to preventing colon cancer. After all, there is just one of you and more than 323 million people in the United States. What can you possibly do during Colon Cancer Awareness Month to stand up against the third-leading cause of cancer death?
Actually, there is so much you can do! Here are 7 ways that you can support Colon Cancer Awareness Month in the next 7 days:
You can help promote colon cancer awareness by sharing facts about the disease with friends and family. Start by telling them that colon cancer affects one in 20 Americans or that those who are of average risk for colon cancer should schedule a colonoscopy beginning at age 50 (age 45 if African American).
Are you due for a colonoscopy? Call your primary care physician or gastroenterologist if you are not sure about your colonoscopy screening status. Among all the screening types, colonoscopy is the most comprehensive because it allows the doctor to examine the entire length of the large intestine. If any polyps are discovered, the gastroenterologist can remove them so they do not develop into cancer. To find a gastroenterologist in your area, use our Find a Gastroenterologist Near You tool.
Write a post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to remind your family, friends, coworkers and contacts about the importance of colon health during March. Add a hashtag to words like #coloncancer, #coloncancerawareness, #colonoscopy, #gastroenterologist and #colonhealth. Here is an example: #Colonoscopies prevent #coloncancer and save lives. Make an appointment with a #gastroenterologist to schedule yours today!
Colonoscopy day is a “no driving day” for the patient because of the sedative that is administered before the procedure. Call a loved one and offer to be his or her caregiver on colonoscopy day by providing transportation to and from the health care facility and remaining there during the procedure.
Colon cancer can run in families just like many other conditions and diseases. Create a family health history that lists health conditions for which your family may be at elevated risk. You could create a table in Word, a spreadsheet in Excel or a colorful graphic using Adobe.
It has been a while since those New Year’s Resolutions, so it might be a good time to re-evaluate your nutrition and exercise plan. Obesity, sedentary lifestyle and a high-fat diet are risk factors for colon cancer, but these can be controlled with healthy eating and regular exercise.
Now that you have become a colon cancer awareness advocate for your family and friends, you can take it one step further. Bookmark Stop Colon Cancer Now as your one-stop reference for colon health. Read more about colon cancer on these government and research sites. You can also browse our video bank for videos that range from informative to downright silly. After equipping yourself with lots of new facts (and some corny jokes), you will be ready to repeat days 1-7 again.
Thank you for your continued support of Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Together we CAN make a difference to eliminate this preventable disease. If you have not made your appointment yet for your colonoscopy, click here and get scheduled.