Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer, often called colon cancer, is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, yet it is highly preventable, detectable, and treatable. Colon cancer can often be prevented through screening, which can find pre-cancerous polyps. Men and women 50 or older should get screened, and those with a family history of colon cancer should let their doctor know; they may have to begin screening at an earlier age.

March Activities in Denver

  • American Cancer Society expert Dr. Durado Brooks will provide colon cancer screening workshops for health care professionals on March 2 and 3 in Loveland, Denver, and Colorado Springs. Interested in attending? Contact Jane Harris at
  • American Cancer Society night with the Denver Nuggets is March 10 at 7 p.m. Ticket purchases must be made by March 1 at to secure a shirt and special seating, but can be purchased up to March 10 without the shirt and seating option. A portion of each ticket will benefit the American Cancer Society and the Colon Cancer Alliance.
  • National Dress in Blue Day on March 4 is an opportunity for people to unite in supporting a world free of colon cancer. 
  • Denver city and county buildings and the 16th Street Mall Clock Tower will be lit in blue in March. 

According to 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance data, Colorado’s screening rate stands at 64.7%. To improve the rate of colorectal cancer screening, organizations across the country, including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, have joined forces and committed to the 80% by 2018 initiative. This is a shared goal, led by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT®), to have 80% of adults aged 50 and older screened regularly for colon cancer by 2018.

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