March is National Colorectal Awareness Month

In order to bring more awareness about colon cancer and to give honor to those who have been afflicted by the disease, the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) has launched the Dress In Blue Day.  This nationwide program was started in 2009.  Since then community groups, businesses and individuals all over the country take part in the various activities as well as signify support by wearing blue.  It is the intention to gain people’s attention about colon cancer, its prevention and cure.

The Color Blue

We are all familiar with the breast cancer’s symbol which is the pink ribbon.  The blue star which is the symbol for colon cancer stand for the memory of those who have died due to the disease. The symbol also signifies the future when colon cancer will no longer be one of the biggest killer in the world.

The need to increase awareness

Below are some facts about colon cancer:

It is another fact that colon cancer ranks as the second death causing type in America.  This is because symptoms only become apparent once it is already at the advance stage.  When this happens, the cancer might have spread to other organs and thus too late for any cure or remedy.

The good side of this all is another fact that colon cancer can be spotted with regular colonoscopy. It is recommended that once a person reaches the age of 50, regular screening should be made with repeat checks every 10 years. However, for those who have a family history of the disease, screening should be often.  This can be discussed with the physician.

By detecting precancerous polyps through colonoscopy and removing these polyps before they become cancerous will prevent colon cancer from occurring.  Treatment at the early stage of colon cancer will be more successful.