March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month: Have You Been Checked?

Do you know that colon cancer is the 4th most common type of cancer in the United States, and the 2nd leading cause of death amongst all types of cancer? It’s true.

While no one really wants to get a colonoscopy, there is no question that if you’re approaching 50 (or are already there), it’s one of the most important events you can get on your calendar this year.

Since March is colon cancer awareness month, what better time than now to schedule your colon cancer screening? With regular screenings, 60% of deaths relating to colon cancer can be prevented!


How colon cancer awareness month started

In 2000, President Bill Clinton made March the official month of colon cancer awareness. Since that time, it has grown exponentially with thousands of survivors and advocates working diligently to raise awareness around the United States.


How to increase awareness

As an advocate, you can do a lot to raise awareness for colon cancer. First and foremost, you can participate in National Dress in Blue Day (March 3rd). In addition to showing your outward support by dressing in blue, here are a few additional ideas:

● Educate your friends and family members about the facts regarding colon cancer. If you have a friend or family member who is 50 or older, remind them that 6 out of 10 deaths related to colon cancer could have been prevented with a routine screening.

● Talk to people within your sphere of influence about colon cancer. If you’re involved in a civic organization, church, or some other activity, ask for a few minutes of time to discuss colon cancer and the screening process.

● Encourage medical professionals that you come in contact with to discuss colon cancer screenings with patients who are approaching or have already reached age 50.

By becoming an advocate for colon cancer screenings and encouraging others to get their colon cancer screening, you will be saving lives.


Schedule a screening for yourself or a family member

You don’t need to wait until symptoms appear to schedule your colon cancer screening. In fact, if you’re 50 years of age or older, and you haven’t had your colon cancer screening, now is the perfect time.

It’s a relatively painless, straightforward, outpatient procedure that could save your life. If you are in the Glendale or Valley Stream areas of New York, call GastroCare LI today to schedule your appointment.

Don’t wait until it is too late. As with any form of cancer, early detection is key. Give our office a call today!