Colorectal cancer awareness: I'm wearing blue, are you?


Though I talk about colon cancer awareness every day, March is nationally recognized as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and today is a special day. It has become known as "Dress in Blue Day." It is a theme originated by colon cancer survivor and patient advocate, Anita Mitchell, and has now gained momentum and is supported around the country.

It's exciting to see the progress and the difference that one person can make and how working together can not only change lives, but save lives! With her simple idea, people everywhere are dressing in blue and raising awareness for a cancer that can be "preventable, treatable and beatable" and yet remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the nation.

Wear blue and tell your friends and family why. If you are age 50 or older, have a personal or family history of colon cancer, or have any warning signs please don't just talk to your doctor about a colonoscopy, have one! Don't wait!

I'm wearing blue, are you?



Absolutely right Suzanne! I waited an extra 5 years beyond what my GP and Katie Couric recommended and got a rude stage 2 surprise. Thankfully I am cancer free almost two years post-treatment (radiation, surgery and chemo), but I will always wonder if it might have been an easy polyp removal 5 years earlier.

And hey, I did wear blue all day without even realizing it was "Dress in Blue Day"! Must have heard you psychically;)
- Posted by Dave King 3/5/12 5:23 PM

Glad to see the Blue power supported and mention of our own Anita Mitchell from Seattle, WA. She tells her own story well on this video.
- Posted by Sally James 3/6/12 11:27 AM

I've just now received this post--on March 28! Will mark my calendar to send letter to our city newspaper next year and encourage people to wear blue. (I'm now dealing with stage IV metastisized colon cancer.)
- Posted by Elizabeth Scarborough 3/28/12 3:39 PM


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