Each of the twelve months in every year is full of national health awareness days, weeks, and months, and over the past year we’ve been doing some work to try to highlight one of what we believe is the more important health awareness topics for each month. In 2000, Bill Clinton designated March as the official National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Ever since that day it has snowballed, increasing in popularity and becoming a rallying point for colon cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and advocates all over the U.S.
The Colon Cancer Alliance has been working since 2000 to use the month of March as a chance to increase awareness about the disease, highlight the importance of early detection, provide support and share stories of survivors and patients, and help urge everyone to start getting screened earlier.
The infographic below was created by the American Cancer Society, and it provides some key facts and statistics about colon cancer that the average American might not know.
Like with most things, those diagnosed with colon cancer have a much higher chance of surviving when the disease is detected early. As unpleasant as the prospect of a colon cancer screening is, this is an incredibly dangerous disease with a disturbingly low survival rate, especially when detected in the later stages, so it’s important for people to be proactive about getting screened regularly and at a younger age.
For information about National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and to find out ways you can help bring awareness to the disease or donate to aid in finding a cure, check out the Colon Cancer Alliance.