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

This 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

Fight Colorectal Cancer Thanks President Obama for Presidential Proclamation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mar. 12, 2014 - ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month got off to a great start with a Presidential Proclamation from the White House. On Feb. 28, President Obama issued a statement recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. President Obama’s proclamation is the first in over a decade. President Clinton issued the first proclamation recognizing March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2000. The last proclamation spotlighting colorectal cancer was in 2003 by President George W. Bush. “It’s been over 10 years since colorectal cancer received this level of support from the White House,” said Anjee Davis, Interim Executive Director of Fight Colorectal Cancer. “We are proud of

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BREAKING NEWS: President Issues Proclamation Recognizing March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

  Today, the White House issued a signed proclamation by President Barack Obama recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Read the Official Press Release from the White House In December 2013, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) authored and sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting he issue a presidential proclamation designating March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. One-hundred and forty-six members of Congress signed onto the letter in support of Rep. Payne, Jr.’s efforts to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. It has been over a decade since colorectal cancer has had a presidential proclamation. We thank Congressman Payne for his unwavering leadership and support

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Promoting Your State Proclamation

We told the story about Pam securing her first state proclamation in West Virginia in her first blog. Now read more as she talks about how to promote the fact your state has become a Blue Star State!  By Advocate Pam Seijo, West Virginia With each additional year of survivorship, the excitement of the ask and securing a state proclamation for recognition of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month has doubled in importance to me. I’ve learned to not hold back. I continue to fight so that one day, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month will become a national observance. I want to let my entire state know we recognize this month

Important information to know – from screening to diagnosis for colorectal cancer

Tips From a Member of Our Medical Advisory Board Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP FASCO is Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine,  and Associate Director for Clinical Investigations, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University One of the nation’s most respected experts in colorectal cancer, Dr. Benson has supported and worked with Fight Colorectal Cancer for years as an active member of our Medical Advisory Board.   Written by Dr. Al Benson, March 18 2013, Chicago, Illinois Although March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, this disease is so frequent yet in most cases preventable that we should be striving every month of the year to make even more people

2012 Proclamations Project a Success!

Since President Clinton issued the first Presidential Proclamation recognizing March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month over a decade ago, each year in March advocates request that their state and city officials issue proclamations acknowledging March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This year was no different – except for the fact that we had more states and cities than ever proclaim March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and it was all thanks to Fight Colorectal Cancer advocates. Seventeen states and four cities and counties issued proclamations – and each one was accomplished because at least one advocate stepped forward and took the lead. We would like to take this opportunity to thank

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Twibbon Draws 250 Supporters

It’s been two weeks since the launch of the Colorectal Cancer Awareness Twibbon and we’re delighted to report that we have surpassed the 250-Twibbon mark! We would love to continue spreading awareness, so for those of you interested in showing your virtual support, you can still add the Twibbon to your Twitter avatar and/or add the Twibbon to your Facebook profile picture. You can even go a step beyond and change your background to the 250-Person Twibute during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – a collage of all of you who have joined in this important cause. This is a great, easy way to get your friends and followers talking more about colorectal cancer and why there is such

Support Colorectal Cancer Awareness with a Blue Star Twibbon

As Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month kicks off, we’re launching a new Blue Star Twibbon in partnership with My Colon Cancer Coach, to unite survivors, loved ones and advocates under a common symbol of support. Many of you are already participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re thrilled to have your support as we head to Capitol Hill for Call-on Congress this week. If you’ve never heard of a Twibbon, it’s basically a small image that overlays the corner of your Twitter or Facebook profile image, calling attention to colorectal cancer awareness and signifying your support for this cause. By adding one, you will: Raise awareness about the second-leading cancer killer in

New Bill in Congress Aims to Save Seniors’ Lives

Legislation was introduced in Congress today that will correct an oversight to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires Medicare beneficiaries to pay coinsurance when their screening colonoscopy also involves the removal of a polyp or cancer. When a screening colonoscopy turns therapeutic, the cost to the Medicare patient is significant – $100 to $300 – and it could serve as a deterrent to screening. The legislation, Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2012 (H.R. 4120), was introduced by Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania.

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