The American Cancer Society is encouraging Alabama communities to GO BLUE by wearing blue on Friday, March 16 in honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month which Governor Kay Ivey recently recognized with a proclamation. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. when men and women are combined, but it doesn’t have to be.
“When adults get screened for colorectal cancer, it can be detected early when treatment is most likely to be successful,” said Ginny Tucker, Executive Director for the American Cancer Society. “In most cases, it can be prevented altogether.”
In conjunction with the Go Blue initiative, the Society is partnering with Retired Systems of Alabama (RSA) by have their buildings in Mobile and Montgomery lit blue the night of March 16.
About 1 in 3 adults between 50 and 75 years old – about 23 million people – are not getting tested as recommended. Deaths from colorectal cancer have dropped by over 30% in the U.S. among adults 55 and older in the last fifteen years, in large part due to screening. Further, people need to know that symptoms such as weight loss and blood in the stool – regardless of age – are a cause for concern and must be reported to their doctor, and to tell their doctor if they have a family history of the disease.
The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), co-founded by the American Cancer Society and the CDC, launched the 80% by 2018 initiative to educate people about the importance of screening and to mobilize key organizations to work toward the shared goal of regularly screening 80% of adults aged 50 or older for colorectal cancer by 2018.
“Since the launch of the 80% by 2018 campaign, screening rates nationwide have gone up,” said Tucker. “Additionally, because of the upward trend of colorectal cancer diagnoses among young adults, the American Cancer Society and our partners are emphasizing that people at any age should see a doctor if they have symptoms.”
In addition to wearing blue on Friday, March 16, the Society is asking everyone to share photos and stories of inspiration on social media and pledge to get screened at PledgToScreen.org.
“Screening can save lives, but only if people get tested,” said Tucker. “We want everyone to join in this movement because despite our progress, work remains.”Related Events