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Blue Star States Campaign Turns Country “Blue” For Colon Cancer

mystateisblue_FinalGraphicThis year, we teamed up with our friends at Colon Cancer Alliance to turn all 50 states blue and recognize March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Volunteers across the nation took on the challenge and successfully received proclamations from 46 of the 50 states plus two state-issued letters, declaring the nation nearly all blue. President Obama even proclaimed March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to kick off March! It’s been an incredible month!

We don’t want this momentum to end. Volunteers across the nation are making strides and we want to continue the movement by keeping colon cancer awareness to the forefront. What does this mean?

We need your voice and we need your action to make this happen.

About 65% of people who should be getting screened are taking action. We’re setting our sights on improving this statistic and joined the colon cancer community in declaring a collective goal of an 80% screening rate by 2018. With 23 million Americans not being up-to-date with screening, we see this as an opportunity to get the word out and save lives.

80 by 2018_ smallHere are 5 ways YOU can help reach this goal:

1. Get screened if you’re 50 or older, or have risk factors! Then – tell people about it! Your experience can help dismantle fears and encourage others to take action.
2. Encourage your family members to get screened. Show them their options.
3. Encourage your GI clinic to sign the 80% by 2018 pledge. Download it.
4. Use these social media tools to encourage screening. Download now.
5. Get involved in advocacy. Visit the Advocate center.

Together we can succeed in getting 80% of Americans screened for colon cancer by 2018!

Keep up the great work and be ready for March 2015 – we will be at it again!

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