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When is Dress in Blue Day?
It is celebrated on the first Friday of March. In 2011, Dress in Blue Day is Friday, March 4th.
What is Dress in Blue Day?
The purpose of Dress in Blue Day is to promote awareness about colon cancer and encourage people to get their colon checked.
Why do we need to raise awareness of colon cancer?
- * 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.
Because my family has been changed forever by colon cancer — I know how vital it is to find it early, so throughout the month of March, I will be talking about cancer, specifically colon cancer awareness. Early detection is the key!
Colorectal cancer affects both men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people aged 50 years or older. For men, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer after prostate and lung cancers. For women, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer after breast and lung cancers.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. If everybody aged 50 or older has regular screening test, as many as 80% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.
Know the signs and symptoms!
1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer in their lifetimes.With statistics like that, every single one of us on this planet has a connection to cancer. World Cancer Day 2011 is the time to say that we’ve all had enough of this terrible disease.