National Dress in Blue Day is celebrated on the first Friday of March. In 2013, the 5thDress in Blue Day will be on Friday, March 1st.
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) first launched the Dress in Blue Day program in 2009 to bring national attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by this disease. Today, individuals, businesses and community groups across the country participate in Dress in Blue Day by wearing blue and encouraging others to do the same. By “going blue,” we hope to raise public awareness and educate people the (sometimes surprising) facts about colon cancer and how they can reduce their risk of the disease.
Learn how you can get involved.
Similar to breast cancer’s pink ribbon, the nationally recognized blue star represents the eternal memory of the people whose lives have been lost to the disease and the shining hope for a future free of colon cancer.
Why do we need to raise awareness about colon cancer?
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Why? Colon cancer typically has no symptoms until it has already progressed to later stages – making it much more difficult to treat. The good news is that a routine colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50 could help save thousands of lives in this country every year by finding and removing polyps before they have a chance to turn into cancer, or detecting colon cancer in its early stages when treatment is most effective.
Beginning at age
50 (or earlier if you have a family history), everyone
should talk to a doctor about getting a screening test for colon
Where can I go to get screened for colon cancer?
To find a screening facility near you, visit the CCA’s Screening Resources page.
Who can I contact if I have more questions about the Dress in Blue Day program?
Colon Cancer Alliance, Program Director