White House Declares March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


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The White House has issued an official press release announcing a presidential proclamation recognizing March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2023. Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) applauds President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris for their continued support in the fight against colorectal cancer. On January 20, 2023, alongside 41 organizations, Fight CRC wrote a letter to President Biden asking for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to be recognized nationally in 2023.  

The White House joins the millions of colorectal cancer survivors, caregivers, and advocates from across the country to raise awareness for this disease. In the press release, they state: “During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we call attention to the second leading cause of cancer deaths in America — by sharing information about risk factors, promoting life-saving early screenings, and improving access to affordable treatment.  In remembrance of every life cut short by this devastating disease, my Administration is determined to end cancer as we know it.”

On March 10, Fight CRC President, Anjee Davis and Board Chair, Dr. Angela Nicholas will be attending the White House Cancer Moonshot Colorectal Cancer Forum to continue to break down barriers for colorectal cancer patients and their families. The forum builds on Fight CRC’s meeting with White House Cancer Moonshot coordinators in July 2022. Fight CRC convened a group of CRC survivors, patient advocacy groups, and business leaders with the White House Cancer Moonshot coordinators and representatives from federal agencies in response to President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden’s call to action to improve and increase access to CRC screening.

“We are thrilled that the White House continues to support and promote awareness during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month,” said Anjee Davis, President of Fight CRC. “This March, we are proud to lock arms with colorectal cancer screening leaders and stakeholders to push for more screening, more funding, more research, and more lives saved.” 

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month being recognized both locally and nationally through Fight CRC’s state proclamation campaign. Hundreds of CRC survivors, caregivers, and loved ones from across the country have submitted a proclamation for their state to recognize CRC Awareness Month. Nearly all 50 states have been secured by governor issued state proclamations.

“Year after year colorectal cancer advocates ensure that their states, their towns and their local communities know that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Each year it continues to grow bigger and bigger and that is a testament to the strength and determination of this community. Their efforts are saving lives.,” said Molly McDonnell, Fight CRC Director of Advocacy. “One in three people are not up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening. Our annual state proclamation campaign is an effort to encourage further awareness and support for research, screening, and funding.”

According to the JAMA Network, it is projected that CRC will be the leading cause of cancer deaths among those ages 20-49 in the next seven years if something doesn’t change. On March 12-23, Fight CRC is hosting the second United in Blue flag installation on the National Mall to spotlight colorectal cancer as a national priority and to honor those who are in the fight. Fight CRC is asking advocates to fight for more and honor and memorialize those in the fight on the National Mall.

9 thoughts on “White House Declares March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

  1. I am overjoyed and in tears. Maybe this will be the next phase of hope for those who need it. My mother is a stage IV & stage III colon cancer survivor. I currently have IBS & this will certainly help me for my future. Thank you Mr President. I love your administration <3

    1. Hi Deidra, thank you so much for your comment.

      Please also consider taking action on March 14, if you are unable to join us in D.C. Taking action only takes a few moments, and your action creates a lasting impact in the fight against colorectal cancer. Thank you so much!

  2. Lost a son-in-law at a young age in his 50’s. Leaving my daughter a widow at a young age also. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, everyone suffers as a result of this terrible disease. Get tested and leave the grief behind.

  3. Today I’m working on a presentation for my class entitled, “30 Reasons Why You Should Get Screened For Colorectal Cancer” and I will post it ASAP. I hope to have it completed today. We do not have any more time to waste on this. I was hoping to join you in DC but my studies dictate otherwise. Hopefully next year! As a stage III survivor, I feel it is my duty to share that CRC is 100% treatable as long as you catch it early enough. Get Sh!t done and get screened!

    1. Hi Tamara, thank you for your comment. You will be with us in D.C. in spirit, and we hope to see you next year. Your “30 Reasons Why You Should Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer” presentation sounds amazing.

      Keep creating awareness, and keep getting sh!t done!

      In the meanwhile, we also have action alerts that we would love for you to take on March 14, as the advocates who are in D.C. are meeting with our elected officials. These action alerts only take a few minutes of your time.

      Let’s keep building on this momentum and make March as blue as October is pink.

  4. Thank you for recognizing this terrible disease.
    It runs in my family.
    I am a 3 time survivor and live with the chronic results of chemo and radiation every single day.
    I am very grateful to be alive, it is extremely challenging.
    God bless your acknowledge for those of us who are affected by this.

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