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Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Learn More about Colon Cancer this March

Colon cancer or colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer affecting both men and women in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. While the majority of patients suffering from this disease are those who are 50 years and older, studies show that colon cancer for those under the age of 35 is already on the rise. In fact, colon cancer cases in young adults are expected to rise by up to 90 percent in the next 20 years.

While there is no sure way to prevent you from getting colon cancer, a screening test can find pre-cancerous growths in your colon or rectum so you can have them removed before they turn into cancer. Screening can also help in early detection, giving you more chance for survival.

This March, as we observe Colon Cancer Awareness Month, let us take part in spreading awareness about this type of cancer.

How to Get Involved?

There are many things you can do to help raise awareness about colon cancer and get involve with this campaign.

Here are some ideas to help you get you started:

  • Find an event near you- Check out the different organizations that support colon cancer awareness such as Colon Cancer Alliance or Prevent Cancer Foundation for different events such as a fun run or other fundraising activities that you can participate in. You may also inquire to your local health agencies for any awareness events in your area.
  • Wear blue to show your participation- Dark blue is the color that identifies support for colon cancer. Wear a blue ribbon to bring about curiosity and make way for colon cancer conversation. You may also want to purchase some blue apparel or items in stores that are participating in Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Share literature about the disease- With the advent of different social media platforms, sharing facts and other information about colon cancer to your family and friends has now become easier. There are plenty of interesting information about colon cancer including videos and infographics that you can get online that can raise awareness to your circle of followers.
  • Encourage friends and family to get screened- Urge your loved ones, especially those who are 50 years and older to get screened for colon cancer. You may also want to lead by example and get screened yourself. Most health insurance companies include colon cancer screening in their coverage so you won’t have to worry about any cost.

Your participation in Colon Cancer Awareness Month can make a huge difference in fighting this disease. Who knows, you may even save a life because of your involvement in spreading awareness.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.

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