Contributed by Cindy Chafin, Women Survivors Alliance Project Director and NOU Editor

 

Dress in Blue Day

 

Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of overall cancer deaths in the United States? But it doesn’t have to stay this way. Early detection through screening can dramatically reduce your risk of colon cancer.

This means having your colon checked regularly starting at age 50, or sooner if you are at higher risk.
During the month of March, I am working with volunteers in the Tennessee Cancer Control Coalition and the Tennessee Cancer Consortium to “GO BLUE” and wear blue whenever they choose throughout the month of March – particularly on Friday, March 4th as part of “Dress in Blue Day.”

Maybe some of you are colorectal cancer survivors and understand the importance of raising awareness. For all of you, as well as those who are not familiar with colon cancer, I encourage each of you to visit the Colon Cancer Alliance website and learn more. Through the national “Dress in Blue” campaign along with screening, research, and patient support initiatives, we can knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers for good.

Please consider dressing in blue this month – and visit the CCA website for FREE resources that you can use to educate friends, family, and co-workers. It’s o.k. to be blue during the month of March!

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Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and NOU magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. She has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with NOU and WSA.

About The Author

Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and NOU magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. She has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with NOU and WSA.

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