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March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Prevent Cancer Foundation

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.

The good news? If everyone 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.

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. Communities, organizations, families, and individuals can get involved and spread the word.

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 talk to patients 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:

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Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

Starting at age 50, get tested regularly for colorectal cancer. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/11Y4avW

Q. What are screenings? A. Screenings are medical tests that check for diseases. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/YF2MIq

When it comes to colorectal cancer screening, you have options. Learn about different screening tests: http://bit.ly/2cr2aJd

Take steps to get active. Find your fitness level and see what you can do starting today: http://1.usa.gov/UNrlVO

Health Tip: Write down your reasons for quitting smoking. Find more action steps at http://1.usa.gov/YJywLo

Did you know that colorectal cancer screening is covered under the health care reform law? Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1bSOLjN

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) E-cards

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Get Involved

Take action to prevent colorectal cancer.

  1. Contact local doctors’ offices and ask them to share colorectal cancer prevention information with their patients.
  2. 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.
  3. Hold a cooking demonstration with low-fat foods full of calcium and fiber.
  4. Host an information night at your local library to talk about ways to get more people in your community screened for colorectal cancer.
  5. Partner with local African American community organizations to encourage people to get screened for colorectal cancer.

Adapted from the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
For more information and materials, contact the Prevent Cancer Foundation at info@preventcancer.org.

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