Did you know that colon cancer is the second (right behind lung cancer) leading cause of cancer death in the United States? One in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer in their lifetime. While everyone is aware of breast cancer, so few are aware of colorectal cancer. My goal since my diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer in 2009 is to change that and bring awareness and education about colorectal cancer to everyone, so they can avoid being in my situation.
Here is the good news: this is a cancer we can beat. With a healthy lifestyle and regular screenings, colon cancer can be prevented and treated. Colorectal cancer is one of only two cancers that can be prevented by screening (cervical is the other). Colonoscopy can detect polyps and remove them before they can turn into cancerous tumors. After my diagnosis at age 47 (after 2 years of misdiagnosis), my younger siblings were screened and one had pre-cancerous polyps removed, so those never had a chance to grow into cancer. It is time to bust the myth that colorectal cancer is only an old person's disease. Learn the symptoms, screening guidelines and family history that can help you avoid colorectal cancer.
This cause is close to my heart, so I've teamed up with the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) in support of National Dress in Blue Day. During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March, I'll be raising funds, promoting awareness and honoring those affected by colon cancer.
Please make a contribution today. Your support of National Dress in Blue Day will benefit the CCA's mission and their screening, patient support and research programs and help bring us one step closer a to future free of colon cancer.