White House Proclaims 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 2022. Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) thanks the President, First Lady, and Vice President for this recognition, and for their commitment to fight cancer through the Moonshot program. The White House has been recognizing March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month for over 20 years. 

On January 19, 2022, alongside 24 organizations, Fight CRC wrote a letter to President Biden asking him to recognize March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2022. Fight CRC is thrilled to announce that the White House has responded. In the press release, they state: "Each year, more than 50,000 families across the country lose a loved one to colorectal cancer -- the fourth most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in America. The toll it exacts is immeasurable, but when we detect colorectal cancer early, we can save lives and deliver hope. During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we raise awareness of this dreaded disease and renew our commitment to ending cancer as we know it."

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“We are grateful that the White House once again issued a proclamation designating March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month,” said Anjee Davis, President of Fight CRC. “It is critically important that our country’s policymakers and leaders support and stand with us in shining a light on the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the U.S. We will continue to push for more screening, more funding, more research, and more lives saved.”

Additionally, Fight CRC celebrates the dedication of countless advocates who are relentlessly working to secure state proclamations. Our proclamation campaign pushes for March to be recognized as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month at the state level every year. In nearly all 50 states, advocates have asked their governors to issue a state proclamation.

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“Thank you to the survivors, caregivers, family members, and governors all across the country who are essential in proclaiming March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2022,” said Molly McDonnell, Fight CRC Director of Advocacy. “One in three people are not up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening. The state proclamation campaign is an effort to encourage further awareness and support for research, screening, and funding.”

It’s projected that CRC will be the leading cause of cancer deaths among those ages 20-49 in the next eight years if something doesn’t change. On March 13-18, Fight CRC is hosting the first-ever installation on the National Mall to spotlight CRC as a national priority and 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. 

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