March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

- In February 2000, President Clinton officially dedicated March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Since then, it has grown to be a true rallying point for the colon cancer community. Every year, thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colon cancer awareness by participating in National Dress in Blue Day, as well as hosting fundraising and education events, and talking to friends and family about the importance of colorectal cancer screenings.

This year, National Dress in Blue Day is Friday, March 7, 2014.

According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, colon cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people 50 years or older.

The American Cancer Society ranks colorectal cancer as the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States when men and women are considered separately.

It is the second leading cause when both genders are combined. It is expected to cause about 50,310 deaths during 2014.

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