National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

The most common symptom of colon cancer is no symptoms at all. It affects both men and women, and it is the second leading killer cancer in our country. It is astounding, especially that, if detected early, it is fully preventable!

Since February 2000, when President Clinton officially dedicated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together each year to spread colon cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, talking to friends and family about screening and so much more.

Each year, Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut gets involved in multiple initiatives with the main goal of raising awareness about the importance of screening colonoscopies and preventing the colorectal cancer. Together with our physicians, physicians’ assistants and over a hundred support group employees, we encourage our patients to stay involved and informed as well.

Over the course of the month, our offices will be decorated in blue colors. Our employees will also wear the color to commemorate the lives lost and spread the knowledge about screenings, symptoms, and prevention of the colon cancer. We will organize fun activities to raise funds and encourage our patients to donate to the Colon Cancer Alliance as well.

We believe that each dollar donated to Colon Cancer Alliance makes us all closer to fighting this disease and preventing it from happening in the future!

As part of March and colon cancer awareness, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) introduced the Blue Star as the symbol of the fight against colon cancer in 2004. The star represents the eternal memory of those whose lives have been lost to the disease and the shining hope for a future free of colon cancer. The star, merged with a ribbon to represent increased awareness, and assumes a human shape. The signs and logos will be visible within our patients’ office areas as well as our endoscopy centers.

Let’s beat colon cancer together!