March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month – What Can Survivors & Families Do to Advance 80% by 2018?

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States among men and women combined, yet it’s one of the most preventable. As a cancer survivor or family member, you are among our most important champions promoting the importance of screening. Join the national effort to get 80% of adults ages 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

Here are five things that you can do to help achieve 80% by 2018:
1. Get connected online or in person. To raise awareness, be sure to find a group that fits your passion. (find partner organizations with the National Colorectal Roundtable)
2. Wear the Blue Star. Our symbol, the Blue Star, was introduced on April 1, 2004, by the Roundtable. bluestar
3. Talk about your family history. Start with the people you know and love. Encourage your immediate relatives to let their doctor know about your diagnosis and establish a plan for regular colorectal cancer screening.
4. Speak out about the national goal of 80% by 2018. Encourage organizations and businesses, for example, your place of worship or workplace, to pledge their support for 80% by 2018.
5. Share your story with lawmakers and other public officials. Partner with organizations such as the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM or Fight Colorectal Cancer to learn about colorectal cancer advocacy opportunities.

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