With well over 100,000 new cases each year and over one million cases total, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in the United States. But with early detection of this disease, it is estimated that well over half of the deaths that occur annually could be prevented. Thanks to National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a much-needed spotlight is being cast on the importance of early detection. In March, we come together to provide hope and advocate for awareness.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - History
President Clinton dedicates March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colonoscopies Become Routine
A colonoscopy become part of routine screenings for colorectal cancers.
John Hunter suggested that some cancers can actually be cured by the surgical removal of tumors.
First Cancer Diagnosed
The first cancer diagnoses was recorded in Ancient Egypt.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Activities
1. Tweet for awareness
Help spread the word about National Colorectal Awareness Month by sharing about it on social media. Educate your followers by posting interesting facts and encouraging everyone to get screened early and often.
2. Help fundraise
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance hosts a series of walks across the United States every year. You can sign up to become a team captain and encourage family and friends to participate in the walk with you. If you know somebody who can’t participate in the walk but is interested in advocating for the cause, you can ask him/her to sponsor you.
3. Encourage someone you know to get screened
Typically, it’s not necessary to participate in colorectal cancer screenings until the age of fifty. But early detection can help to ward off the disease before it even has a chance to turn into a serious condition. You never know—reminding your loved ones to get screened has the potential of saving lives.
Why We Love National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
A. It spreads a message of hope
A cancer diagnosis is frightening, but National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month spreads a message of hope. This form of cancer is 90% beatable. Hearing inspiring stories from survivors is uplifting and a great source of motivation.
B. It helps to start a conversation
It’s estimated that in the United States, colorectal cancer takes over 200,000 lives every year. National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month aids in spreading the message of early screening so that potential risks can be addressed before they turn into more serious issues.
C. Colorectal cancer is largely preventable
There’s a bunch of different screenings that can help with this form of cancer early. Public education about risk factors is important as well. If polyps are detected early, a colorectal cancer diagnosis can drastically increase chances of survival.