Arizona Chapter of the Colon Cancer Alliance raises awareness

The Colon Cancer Alliance's Dress in Blue Day program kicks off National Colorectal Cancer Month as a way to raise awareness.

Get screened! One in 20 Arizonans will be diagnosed with this disease.

--Colorectal cancer is the No. 2 cancer killer right behind lung cancer. When smoking related lung cancers are removed from the lung cancer statistics, colon cancer rises to No. 1.

--970 Arizonans die every year from Colorectal Cancer. That's 19 friends and neighbors a week. 

--More Arizonans die from colorectal cancer than in car crashes (825 people died in traffic crashes in 2011, according to Arizona Department of Transportation data).

In February of 2000, President Clinton officially dedicated March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, it has grown to be a rallying point for the colon cancer community.

A colorectal cancer (CRC) diagnosis can be very overwhelming. The dangers, prevention and treatment of colon cancer are still not widely known and are not discussed because CRC affects parts of the body that people often find embarrassing or even forbidden to talk about.

Lack of general public awareness of the disease has limited funding for research, kept colon cancer patients unaware of their treatment options and prevented early detection and treatment in far too many cases. Be informed and prevent this disease and its consequences.

For more information about colorectal cancer contact the Arizona chapter of the Colon Cancer Alliance at (602) 359-5995 or visit them online .

You can also call their toll free patient helpline at 1-877-422-2030. Someone is there to answer your call Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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