March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Save Lives with Prevention Awareness
Colorectal cancer, or CRC, is the second deadliest cancer in the United States. Every March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month spotlights this disease and inspires more people to get checked starting at age 45. Two reasons why getting checked matters:
- Screening can find the warning signs of colon and rectal cancer, letting doctors take action to prevent the disease.
- Screening can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment is most effective.
One in 24 people will be diagnosed with CRC in their lifetime, but you can make a difference today. Learn about ways to build awareness, how to get support, and more below. Tomorrow can’t wait!
Ways to Build Awareness
Share on Social Media
Your voice is powerful! Tell your community about colorectal cancer prevention with these copy-and-paste social media posts. Text and images are included, but you can add your story or share why you’re committed to CRC prevention!
Dress in Blue
Friday, March 3, is Dress in Blue Day — the biggest day on your calendar for colorectal cancer awareness. Dress in blue and tell the people you meet about colorectal cancer prevention. Share your outfit on social media with the hashtag #DressInBlueDay.
Raise Awareness in Your Community
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Resources for Advocates and Communicators
Run a website? Send a newsletter? Have an empty wall in your office?
Perfect! You, too, can raise awareness about colorectal cancer and the importance of getting checked.
Download the Alliance's March Awareness Toolkit for a jump-start on content creation. Find messaging, videos, images, and more!
Note: This ZIP file is about 90 mb and hosted on Google. If you have trouble downloading it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If colorectal cancer is highly preventable with screening, and it’s highly treatable when caught early, then why is colorectal cancer the second deadliest cancer in the U.S.?
It’s a great question with a complicated answer. A lack of knowledge about prevention and limited access to screening has a lot to do with it, and a third of people who could get checked don’t. A missed or delayed screening gives colorectal cancer a chance to grow and become more dangerous long before symptoms appear.
To raise the profile of this disease and encourage screening, President Clinton designated March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in February 2000. Since then, it has grown to be a rallying point for the colorectal cancer community where thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers, and advocates join together to spread colorectal cancer awareness.
Getting checked can’t wait. This March, join the Alliance in saving lives through prevention awareness.
BlueHQ is a personalized support hub with direct access to the Alliance’s universe of tools, resources, and peer communities to improve your colorectal cancer journey.
Need to talk to someone? Call the Alliance’s toll-free Helpline at (877) 422-2030 to speak with one of our certified patient and family support navigators. Our navigators will listen and discuss any concerns, from mental and family well-being to medical questions and financial needs.