March is colorectal cancer awareness month
Many years ago, the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table (NCCRT) began using the blue star as a unifying emblem for Colorectal Cancer advocacy. Dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals show their support by wearing blue stars in the month of March. As you see events in your communities, I encourage you to participate to raise awareness and get screened. This is the most easily preventable cancer and it is also becoming more survivable even when diagnosed at late stages.
In the US, over 1 million people are survivors of colorectal cancer.
To kick off 2013 festivities, I am in Times Square to support the launch of One Million Strong #1MilStrong a campaign created by Fight Colorectal Cancer. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness for prevention, screening, treating and beating colorectal cancer. All day we will be spreading the excitement from these activities:
- Free yoga sessions by Lululemon
- Dance class/party with James Darling and music by DJ Jay McElfresh
- Cancer survivor group photo
- A strong arm pose-off with a visit from WBO Middleweight Champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin
- And don’t miss Prevent Cancer‘s Super Colon, an interactive exhibit that offers a close-up look at a healthy (and unhealthy) colon with tips about screening and early prevention
When on the One Million Strong website you can:
- Make a pledge to be strong, talk to your doctor about screening, be an advocate, urge family and friends to take action
- Learn more about colorectal cancer advocacy
- Discover how supporting colorectal cancer organizations improves healthcare for everyone
Fight Colorectal Cancer is one of the leading advocacy groups for this preventable, treatable and beatable cancer. I am proud to be on the team representing:
- The Colon Club which uses out-of-the-box ways to promote prevention and screening especially for men and women under 50 years old that are symptomatic and/or at risk for developing colorectal cancer. The Colossal Colon and Colondar models will be on tour throughout the year raising awareness in a community near you.
- Third Eye Colonoscopy which developed the Third Eye Retroscope device to help physicians see behind the folds and flexures in the colon where adenomas (pre-cancerous polyps) like to hide. This breakthrough technology allows physicians to see more of the colon which leads to increased detection of adenomas.
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