AURORA, Colo.- The month of March is set aside for colorectal cancer awareness.
(Photo above: News anchor team at Denver’s Fox31 Good Day Colorado ‘Dress in Blue’)
In the Denver metro area, you will see the City & County Building bathed in blue light each evening. People at work places across the city, even on some television stations, dressed in blue early this month to promote awareness, and approximately 150 people gathered to launch March in style downtown.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death affecting both men and women. It is important to be screened for colorectal cancer through endoscopic screening or high-sensitivity stool testing, because most people with colorectal cancer have no symptoms. Endoscopic screening can find and prevent colorectal cancer by locating and removing polyps (small growths that can develop into cancer over time). High sensitivity stool testing (FOBT/FIT) can detect cancer at an earlier stage by finding hidden blood in the stool.
Dress in Blue Eve was held at Breckenridge Brewery Thursday, March 6. The evening was sponsored by Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation , Braintree Laboratories, Exempla/St. Joseph’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, Breckenridge Brewery, Infinite Monkey Theorem, Jammin’ 101.5 and 107.1 Jack FM. The evening was hosted by KUSA 9News anchor Kim Christiansen, Mary “Cha Cha” Chavez and Gloria Neal of KCNC4.
Proceeds from the evening benefit the University of Colorado Cancer Center and its joint efforts with the Colorado Cancer Coalition-Colorectal Task Force in colorectal cancer prevention.
The Colorado Cancer Coalition (CCC) serves as the statewide network for cancer-related organizations and individuals dedicated to saving lives and improving the quality of life for all Coloradans. The Coalition dedicates itself to achieving increased prevention, research, early detection, improved treatment and a better quality of life for all Coloradans in the coming decade.
The CRC Task Force focuses on strategies for prevention which includes public awareness campaigns, provider awareness and prevention strategies for health care system. The goal of the CRC Task Force is to ensure 80 percent of the eligible population in Colorado is screened for Colorectal Cancer.
A portion of proceeds also benefit the CU Cancer Center’s Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, a statewide program partnering with health care providers to provide no-cost colorectal screening to the underserved in clinics across Colorado.”
To learn more about the Colorado Cancer Coalition and the CRC Task Force please visit www.coloradocancercoalition.org.