23 million people still need to be screened for colorectal cancer. That’s why in March 2018, we’re taking the national goal of screening 80% of adults age 50 and older for colorectal cancer on the road. From the East to the West Coasts, we’re driving the message home: colorectal cancer screening can save your life!
All screening champions are encouraged to get involved! Host an event! Educate your local community! Now’s the time to get involved!
Colorectal Cancer Screening Coast to Coast: Driving toward 80% is a project working to increase colorectal cancer screening rates and raise awareness during March 2018.
Organizations involved in screening from coast-to-coast are encouraged to participate! See below for a list of locations hosting an event focused on the 80% screened goal!
Attend an event, host your own and make sure to post what you’re doing on social media (don’t forget to add the hashtags #80by2018 and #CRCcoast2coast!)
We want to feature your events that are helping to advance screening or raise awareness throughout the month of March! Are you hosting an awareness event, gathering partners for a roundtable meeting or turning your city blue? Let us know! Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we cannot feature events that include a fundraising component.
Watch the CRC community come together and rally at these signature events. Keep your eyes open for a UPS truck with a colorectal cancer message at these signature events hosted by our planning committee!
Los Angeles – March 8 – Smashbox Studios
Actor Luke Perry, country artist Craig Campbell and Telemundo host Chiquibaby, along with survivors, leaders & advocates, will hit the “blue carpet” and share how getting screened for colorectal cancer and being educated about the disease can save your life.
Can’t make it to LA? You can watch the event through Facebook Live on the American Cancer Society, NCCRT, Fight CRC or Mayo Clinic Facebook pages. Be sure to “Like” the pages in advance so you get an event notification the day of!
Washington D.C. – March 20 – Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill
Fight CRC, ACS CAN and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) leaders will map out the road to 80% screened and beyond 2018 from Capitol Hill! (Part of Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Call-on Congress.)
Want to watch Live? We will stream the event on the Fight CRC Facebook page.
What is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be.
Both men and women can get it. It is most often found in people 50 or older. The risk increases with age. Some people’s risk may be higher than average.
People at increased risk for colorectal cancer may need earlier or more frequent tests than other people. Talk to your doctor about when to begin screening, which screening test is right for you, and how often you should be tested.
Working Together Changes Lives!
Show us how you support 80% by 2018! No matter where you are, you can join via social media.
Post pictures and videos from a screening event you host on social media. Post on Twitter or Instagram using #80by2018 or #CRCcoast2coast to be featured below!
Here’s a few other ways to get involved!
- Share a :30 second video about your 80% by 2018 success on YouTube. (Email the link to NCCRT@cancer.org with “80% by 2018 Success” in the subject line.)
- Share stories from people who have been screened – be sure to tag #ScreeningStories #80by2018.
- And, challenge someone you know to get screened!
Here are several free educational resources and tools that can help you raise awareness about colorectal cancer:
- Which Test is Right for You? brochure
- Risk Factors & Symptoms brochure
- Colorectal Cancer Screening fact sheet
- CRC Awareness Print Materials from the CDC
- Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month social media toolkit
- Save A Life rack card
- Beyond Blue magazine
- Hispanics/Latinos and Colorectal Cancer Companion Guide
- Asian Americans and Colorectal Cancer Companion Guide
- 80% by 2018 Communications Guidebook for tested messages and a Social Media Editorial Calendar (starting on page 41) with sample posts for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and newsletters