Preventable. Treatable. Beatable.
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. It is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through screening; among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90 percent of cases occur in people aged 50 or older. Building awareness is an important part of helping to increase screening and decrease mortality rates. Visit the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Web site to learn more.
HOW YOU CAN HELP SPREAD AWARENESS?
Distribute colorectal cancer Blue Star symbol pins to your unit — a symbol of the battle to prevent colorectal cancer deaths. To find other blue star merchandise or order, visit:
Use a grassroots approach — ask staff members to host tea-and-conversation events.
Send a colorectal cancer screening e-card provided through ASGE to remind your loved ones to get screened.
Organize a lecture during March — Recruit a expert to speak about colorectal cancer screening test options and have a "meet and greet" with the physcian after.
Use traditional means of communication — i.e. facility newsletters, Web site, direct mailings, etc.
Hold a survivor party for former patients and their families — share the challenges and joys.
Send a Screen-A-Gram — Remind your loved ones to get screened by sending a fun personalized Screen-a-Gram. Screen-a-Gram is brought to you by ScreeningSaves.org, visit their website for even more way to get involved and save lives!