I wear blue. Why should you?

March 1st has been declared National Dress in Blue Day to raise awareness for colorectal cancer, but raising awareness shouldn’t end there. Colorectal cancer is one of the most detectable, and if caught early, treatable cancers – yet it is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Why is that?

One of the big issues we have here is lack of screening. Screening is the best way to detect polyps, which are the growths that can develop into cancer. These polyps can be easily removed, and the risk of cancer is then significantly lowered. According to the CDC, if everyone age 50 or older had regular screenings, at least 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided. The solution seems so obvious, but why aren’t we getting screened?

Lack of awareness

Wearing blue is just one way you can raise awareness for colorectal cancer. Start a conversation with your family, friends and coworkers about this important issue. Let them know you care about them and that you’re there to support them, no matter how uncomfortable it may be. Remind them that a simple screen could save their life. Visit the Colon Cancer Alliance website to learn other ways you can get involved.

Lack of physician recommendation

Doctor’s have a lot to remind us about, and sometimes screening recommendations can get missed. Be active in your goal to live a healthier life and talk with your doctor about getting screened. There are different screening options and your doctor can help you decide which test or tests are right for you. It is especially important to talk to you doctor if there is a history of colorectal cancer in your family or if you are 50 or older.

Embarrassment

Let’s face it … talking to anyone about your rear is not the most comfortable conversation to have. But what if that conversation could save your life? It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal anymore, now does it? If you’re talking to a family member, friend or coworker, use these conversation starters to help bring up the topic so it’s a little less uncomfortable. There is nothing embarrassing about taking care of your health.

Anxiety and fear

Regardless of popular belief, getting screened is not painful. Depending on the type of test, your doctor may sedate you so it will be over before you know it. If it’s the prep-work you’re worried about, talk to your doctor about different options and medications that can make it easier and more comfortable for you.

There are no excuses for not getting screened. By working together, we can create a future free of colon cancer. Show your support this March and throughout the year. Join me in wearing blue and spreading the word about colon cancer awareness. Click here for a short PSA featuring Diane Keaton about colon cancer screenings.

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About Niccole LaDue

Niccole is a wife, fitness enthusiast and vegetarian. Her position as a Health Educator for Blue Care Network allows her to share her passion for health and wellness with everyone around her. Niccole holds many fitness certifications and is working towards her master’s degree in Wellness & Lifestyle Management at Rowan University. She is a lover of Michigan, food, music and life!
 
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  1. Lara 1 year ago

    Niccole, thank you so much for writing this…love the ‘conversation starters’ – what an important piece to include!

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    • Niccole LaDue 1 year ago

      Hi Lara – You’re very welcome! I thought the conversation starters would get people thinking about how they might bring up the topic in a less uncomfortable way. I’m glad you like them! Have a great day!

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  2. Julie Montagu 1 year ago

    I’d never heard much about this kind of cancer and found this article very informative. It’s such a shame that people who fear they have a problem don’t get screened sooner and articles like this will encourage them to do so! Thanks for sharing :)

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    • Niccole LaDue 1 year ago

      Hi Julie – I’m glad you found this article informative. I agree that it is so unfortunate that people don’t get screened when they should. Hopefully this article and other initiatives like Wear Blue Day inspire people to get screened! Have a wonderful day!

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