Cumberland Times-News

February 22, 2013

Help promote awareness of colorectal cancer

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— Currently, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States — but it doesn’t have to stay this way.

Early detection of colon cancer through screening can dramatically reduce your risk for the disease. This means having your colon checked regularly starting at age 50 — or sooner if you have risk factors for the disease.

Lack of public awareness about colon cancer has limited funding for research and has kept colon cancer patients unaware of their treatment options, and ultimately prevented early detection and treatment in far too many cases.

To bring attention to the fact that colon cancer is a preventable disease, and to celebrate the courage of those persons affected by this disease, the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) has launched “National Dress in Blue Day.”

By “going blue,” we hope to raise public awareness and funds for colon cancer.

Visit www.dressinblueday.com to learn how you can get involved in the fight for a future free of colon cancer.

The Allegany County Health Department “goes blue” on March 1 and donates money to the CCA and the Maryland Cancer Fund.

The health department’s colorectal cancer control program can answer questions, speak to any groups interested in this topic, and assist those who qualify with payment of their colon cancer screening.

If interested, call the Allegany County Health Department colorectal cancer control program at 301-759-5 121.

Trisha Tichnell, RN

Colorectal cancer control program

Allegany County Health Department