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Dress in Blue Day

colon cancer awarenessMarch is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and what a better way to support the importance of colorectal screening than dressing in blue for a day on March 2nd! Dress in Blue day is in support of National Colorectal Awareness Month emphasizing the importance of early screening.

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer, cancer of the colon or rectum, is often beatable when caught early, yet it is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age and more than 90% of cases occur in people ages 50 and older.

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. However, many people who are at risk for the disease are not being screened according to national guidelines. Did you know that if everyone aged 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided?

You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, then continue getting screened at regular intervals. However, you may need to be tested earlier or more often than other people if:

  • You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
  • You have inflammatory bowel disease.

If you are aged 50 or older, or think you may be at increased risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about getting screened.

Several tests are available to screen for colorectal cancer. Some are used alone and others are used in combination with each other. Talk with your doctor about which test or tests are best for you. These screening tests are recommended:

  • Colonoscopy every 10 years
  • High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every year
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years

This March 2nd, join the more than one million survivors, patients, caregivers, and others who have been affected by colon cancer by wearing blue and getting involved in the fight against this terrible disease. Together, we can work toward a future free of colon cancer.