March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Prevent Cancer Foundation
Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the Nation. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.
If all men and women age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.
Make a difference! Spread the word about strategies for preventing colorectal cancer and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
How can Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention – both at home and in the larger community.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage families to get active together – exercise may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
- Talk to people in your community about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50.
- Ask doctors and nurses to speak to people age 50 and older about the importance of getting screened.
How can I help spread the word?
We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
Take action to prevent colorectal cancer.
- Contact local doctors’ offices and ask them to share colorectal cancer prevention information with their patients.
- Host a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month event at a local senior center. Give out information about colorectal screenings, and ask a doctor or nurse to talk about the importance of getting screened.
- Hold a cooking demonstration with low-fat foods full of calcium and fiber.
- Host an information night at your local library to talk about ways to get more people in your community screened for colorectal cancer.
- Partner with local African American community organizations to encourage people to get screened for colorectal cancer.
Adapted from the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
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