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It may be the last week of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, but this hasn’t stopped our community from spreading the message about screening, honoring loved ones and more. From the selfies in our photo contest, to the fundraising events across the country—it’s been amazing to see the blue love this month!

Although March 31 is right around the corner, we know awareness doesn’t stop there, so we asked our Facebook family what they want the world to know about colon cancer. Take a look at some of the comments from the overwhelming response!

Linda: I want the world to know that when caught early, colon cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer. I want the world to know that they should not ignore any symptoms and go to their doctor, especially if they are at high risk. I want the world to know that my mother ignored her symptoms and lost her battle with colon cancer at the age of 53. It had reached stage IV and had spread to her liver and lymph nodes. I want the world to know that I miss her every day and in her honor, get my screenings done. I want the world to know that a colonoscopy is just a half day or so out of your life. Isn't that well worth the rest of your life?

Stephanie: Doesn't matter how young you are, colon cancer doesn't care... PLEASE check on your family history and watch for signs... Even the smallest sign, it doesn't hurt to get checked...

Deborah: Get screened... It could save your life!

Corin: Be your own advocate! No one knows your body better than you. I lost someone way too soon because doctors tried to rule out food allergies, IBS and other GI disorders. It took almost a year before a healthcare provider finally gave in and did a colonoscopy. By then, it was too late. Never be afraid to insist you get checked, regardless of age. Your life could depend on it.

Jeannette: Colon cancer stole my mom way too young. I want the world to know that while the cancer family isn't one you want to be a part of, the people you meet through the struggle become a great support system. I want awareness spread so we can find a cure and other people don't lose their loved ones.

Robert: I was diagnosed five years ago with stage IV rectal cancer. I will not lie and tell you it has been a Mediterranean vacation. I have quality of life and fight on. It has taught me what is important in life. What a game changer! You must remain positive, keep your faith strong, learn new dietary habits and enjoy every day!

Kaitlyn: Colon cancer patients are getting younger. I was diagnosed with stage IV at age 27. Everyone needs to be aware of the signs, symptoms and any family history. Also, don't be afraid to tell doctors ANY problems because of embarrassment. They have heard it all and they're there to help you not judge.

Deborah: Get screened... It could save your life!

What do you want the world to know about colon cancer?

Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information and support. If you have additional questions about colon cancer or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. 

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