National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
History of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
In February of 2000, President Clinton officially dedicated March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, it has grown to be a rallying point for the colon cancer community.
As part of March and colon cancer awareness, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) introduced the Blue Star as the symbol of the fight against colon cancer in 2004. Since then, the Blue Star has been adopted by major groups in the colon cancer community. The star represents the eternal memory of those whose lives have been lost to the disease and the shining hope for a future free of colon cancer. The star, merged with a ribbon to represent increased awareness, assumes a human shape. Learn more about the Blue Star.
Dress in Blue Day is Part of Awareness Month
In years past, the Dress in Blue Day program included dozens of local awareness events across the country, support from national companies like Cole Haan and Amalgamated Bank and even a fashion show by renowned designer Carmen Marc Valvo.
Learn how you can get involved in National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this year.