If you were to swing by Parthenon today, you might notice a trend: everyone is dressed in blue.
The Colon Cancer Alliance has declared today Dress in Blue Day – a day dedicated to promoting awareness about colon cancer and encouraging people to get their colon checked. Why take time to think about the health of your colon? Here are a few key reasons:
- Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
- Approximately 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer each year.
- Colon cancer often has no symptoms at all until it’s at an advanced stage.
- Colon cancer is 80% preventable when detected early.
- You can reduce your risk through regular screenings.
- Beginning at age 50 (or earlier if you have a family history), everyone should get their colon checked.
We encourage you to take a few minutes today and learn more about colon cancer – perhaps even call your primary care doctor and discuss setting up a colonoscopy!
Here are a few great resources where you can learn more: