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