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Colon Cancer Awareness Month and National Screening Day are Just Around the Corner

In February 2000, President Clinton officially declared March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. This designated month has become a way for patients, caregivers, survivors and supporters to unite and educate the general public about the third-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Having a specific month set aside for colon cancer causes us to be more intentional about fundraising, hosting programs—and scheduling a colonoscopy!

Because colonoscopies are literally lifesavers, we needed to pack a little more punch into March and choose one day to encourage everyone to have their colonoscopy. National Screening Day offers an opportunity for everyone to get involved, no matter their age or risk. If you need a colonoscopy, you can schedule a screening on National Screening Day. Perhaps you are not old enough to need a colonoscopy. Never fear! You can still be a part of this special day. Here are some ways that you can get involved:

  • Schedule a colonoscopy!
  • Make a a colon screening appointment for a parent
  • Spread awareness by speaking out! Bring up the topic of colon cancer awareness to get people talking and thinking about this disease.
  • Attend a local colon cancer event
  • Wear BLUE on Dress in Blue Day, Friday, March 6. Blue is the official color of colon cancer awareness.
  • Volunteer to be someone’s caregiver that day and drive him or her home from a screening.

National Colon Cancer Awareness Month is a great way to create unity among patients, caregivers, survivors and the greater community. All of us, no matter how old or young, can play a key role in colon cancer awareness and prevention. Look for more news stories on to give you more ideas on how to educate yourself and your loved ones about colon cancer.

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posted on January 23, 2015 in news